How the Tannosome works.

Annals of Botany, now with all images FREE!

Looking for an image? A recent upgrade to Annals of Botany means that you can now access images from published papers without charge.

Looking for an image? A recent upgrade to the journal site for Annals of Botany means that you can now access images from published papers without charge.

Basal Root Whorl
Image of contrasting bean genotypes, showing basal roots arising from distinct whorls. Image: Miguel et al. (2013)

That means that this month you can examine the roots of beans, or see where flowers pin pollen to bees.

Where does pollen end up on a bee?
Areas of pollen deposition (dots) on bees that visited Chamaecrista flexuosa flowers in an area of coastal vegetation in north-east Brazil. The species represented is Xylocopa (Neoxylocopa) cearensis. Image: Almeida et al. (2013).

The images aren’t just available as jpeg files. For example, if you want to include the tannosome (or anything else from the journal) in a talk you’re giving, you can download PowerPoint slides.

How the Tannosome works.
Schematic of the time course of differentiation of chloroplast with unstacking and inflation of grana thylakoids, their pearling into tannosomes, the encapsulation of tannosomes into shuttles with progressive filling, their journey through the cytosol and their final storage in the vacuole. Not to scale. Image: Brillouet et al. (2013). (Download as PowerPoint)

It’s also worth reminding people that a year after being published in the journal, it’s not just the images that are free – the whole paper is. We’re not the first journal to offer this service, but this is an important part of our ongoing commitment to open access to scientific information.


Alun Salt

Alun (he/him) is the Producer for Botany One. It's his job to keep the server running. He's not a botanist, but started running into them on a regular basis while working on writing modules for an Interdisciplinary Science course and, later, helping teach mathematics to Biologists. His degrees are in archaeology and ancient history.


  • Consistent effort of Dr Alun Salt is making AoB Blog more useful. And more one use the information, more it increases the scientific metrics of the article or content available with the group of AoB. No doubt AoB is moving along with the changing definition of citation.

  • I’m afraid I can’t take the credit for this. I think Pat Heslop-Harrison and OUP were the key people in making this happen. This is a shame as I could have put in for a pay-rise today. πŸ™‚

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