7th International Training School
From Samples to Data

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Anybody interested in quantitative wood anatomy is invited, including researchers and technicians of all levels of experience. Participation will be limited to a maximum of 20 people (first come first served).

We will provide the participants with the necessary skills to produce high-quality anatomical data from wood samples. The program will include ample time for supervised training. The following topics will be covered:

  • Stem anatomical features in angiosperms and gymnosperms
  • Anatomical sample preparation using rotary microtome, sledge microtome and surface preparation (woody and non-woody tissues)
  • Staining and preparation of permanent slides
  • Creating high-quality digital images of entire samples
  • Introduction to the image analysis tool ROXAS (www.wsl.ch/roxas)
  • Quantification of anatomical features using ROXAS
  • Data processing for intra-ring analyses
  • Example of applications of quantitative wood anatomy in environmental research

The focus will be on anatomical measurements related to conduits (size, cell wall thickness, vessel topology), since they are most commonly used in research. But, we will also consider covering the quantification of other anatomical traits like cells in the phloem, ray parenchyma or resin ducts if there is interest.

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