Image of the Day: Roses Are Red, Poppies Are Too

With bright reds and yellows—and even the occasional white—poppies are very bright and colorful. Their petals, however, are also very thin; they are made up of just three layers of cells. University of Groningen scientists Casper van der Kooi and Doekele Stavenga used microscopy and mathematical models describing how light interacts with petals to find out how the vibrant colors are created. The results will be included in a special edition of the Journal of Comparative Physiology A, which focuses on the relationship between insects and flowers.

Image of the Day: Roses Are Red, Poppies Are Too

New research shows how they get their deep hue.

Thu 14 Feb 19 from The Scientist

How poppy petals create striking colors despite being thinner than your skin

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