From a total of more than 3,000 images submitted, a photo taken by Dr. Kei Hashimoto was selected by the judges of The EMBO Journal Cover Contest 2012 as one of the top candidates. This small selection of candidates will be examined further to select the best cover images of The EMBO Journal for this year. They are now posted in the online gallery.
This contest is held every year by The EMBO Journal, a scientific journal of the European Molecular Biology Organization, to select the most captivating and thought-provoking images found in the scientific or non-scientific world.
In this contest, electron micrographs taken by the group of Dr. Toyooka, a Senior Research Scientist, were selected as top candidates for five years in a row, winning the spot as cover images twice so far.
(EMBO Journal Cover Contest 2012 Gallery： http://covercontest.embo.org/Gallery_2012.html )
This is a photo of particles that male Milkweed butterflies (Danainae) Tirumala formosa produce in their hindwings. They are called “Love dust”, considered to transfer male sex pheromone to female antenna during their courtship. The pheromone is reported to be synthesized from pyrrolizidine alkaloids obtained from particular flowering plants.
Cover Contest 2012 Gallery:
Dr. Toyooka’s group in the Research and Development Programs engages in the creation of a interdisciplinary research platform and develops collaboration within and also extending outside of the Yokohoma Institute. Research support for overall microscopy techniques is one example, contributing the development of all of plant science research. To improve techniques, the Toyooka Group joins international contests such as this EMBO Cover Contest, and also contests by Nikon and Olympus; the group has been honored with many prizes.