About the Facility

Supervisor – Zheng-Hua Ye
Lab Coordinator – Beth Richardson
Fee Schedule
Link to the PALM System


The Plant Biology Microscopy Facility focuses on ultrastructural studies of plants, fungi and single-cell protists. We specialize in cryo-techniques and immunocytochemistry to study plant and fungal growth, development and nuclear division, host-pathogen interactions in fungal diseases of plants, and plant cell wall characterization. We welcome researchers at the University of Georgia, their students, post-docs and technicians plus researchers from other universities and industry.


  • Zeiss 902A Transmission Electron Microscope
  • Reichert-Jung Ultramicrotomes
  • Balzer 010 High Pressure Freezing Machine
  • Zeiss PALM Laser Microdissection Microscope
  • Zeiss Axioscope Brightfield and Fluorescence Microscope (Zen software)
  • Pelco Vibratome 3000 Sectioning System


Bernhard, J.M., and E.A. Richardson. 2014. FLEC-TEM: Using microscopy to correlate ultrastructure with life position of infaunal foraminifera. p. 103-113. In: Approaches to Study Living Foraminifera: Collection, Maintenance and Experimentation. (Eds) H. Kitazato and J.M. Bernhard, Springer.

Brewer, M.T., A.N. Turner, P.M. Brannen, W.O. Cline, and E.A. Richardson. 2014. Exobasidium maculosum, a new species causing leaf and fruit spots on blueberry in the southeastern USA and its relationship to other species of Exobasidium spp. parasitic to blueberry and cranberry. Mycologia 106(3):415-423.

Kong, Y., et al. 2013. Galacturonosyltransferase-LIKE5 is involved in the production of Arabidopsis seed coat mucilage. Plant Physiol. 163:1203-1217.Yuan, Y., Q. Teng, R. Zhong, and Z-H. Ye. (2013). The Arabidopsis DUF231 domain-containing protein ESK1 is required for O-2 and O-3 acetylation of xylan. Plant Cell Physiol. 54, 1186-1199.

Yuan, Y., Teng, Q., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2013). The Arabidopsis DUF231 domain-containing protein ESK1 is required for O-2 and O-3 acetylation of xylan. Plant Cell Physiol.  54, 1186-1199.

Zhang, M., S-C. Wu, W. Zhou, and B. Xu. 2012. Imaging and measuring single-molecule interaction between a carbohydrate-binding module and natural plant cell wall cellulose. J. Phys. Chem. B 116:9949-9956.


At the 2008 Microscopy & Microanalysis Meeting in Albuquerque, NM:

>> Diatome Poster Award. Biological Sciences - Second Place


For more information please contact Beth Richardson.

*Plant Biology faculty, students and technicians should consult the department handbook for more information on the laboratory and the equipment available for use.