Zigmunds Orlovskis, John Innes Centre
Scientists at the John Innes Centre on the Norwich Research Park captured this confocal microscope image showing an insect mid-gut and hind-gut harbouring a plant pathogenic bacterium, called phytoplasma (in green). Cell nuclei of the insect are stained with a fluorescent dye in red. Sap-feeding insects such as this dissected leafhopper are the vectors(transporters) of many plant disease-inducing bacteria. These bacteria often colonise parts of insect guts or whole insect bodies.