For those who thought that the existence of pollen was to simply cause you to wheeze, sneeze, get puffy eyes and feel miserable during the spring and summer months, think again. Not only does pollen allow for the birth and colonization of new flowers and plant life, but it has also breathed life into a large field of study known as Palynology. This field of study has a very broad range of applications, starting from the logical area of agriculture and allergy studies, and leading to the more curious and lesser known fields of evolutionary studies and even forensic palynology (for evidence at crime scenes). Pollen contains a very strong natural resistance to physical alteration or decay which makes it a prime candidate when researching samples both fossilized and non-fossilized. In order to properly understand how pollen manages to distribute itself around the world, proper morphological characterization is needed. Electron microscopy allows palynologists to determine the characterization of different pollen spores, especially when viewed with a SEM. Below are images of what pollen looks like using the LVEM5 electron microscope in scanning mode. The low-voltage of the LVEM5 grants sharp imaging of non-conductive materials with scanning mode and really allows researchers to view the inner workings of pollen in a 3D type image to get a real sense of how different types of pollen are comprised. So remember, even though hay fever is unpleasant and causes many to suffer, all can agree that there’s no denying the significant importance and complexity of nature’s little marvel, pollen.