Australian National Botanic Gardens
X-ray Computed Tomography is a microscopy technique which provides non-destructive, 3-dimensional inspection of opaque objects. The Australian National University has designed and built a facility which provides 2 micron resolution and very large fields of view (8 billion voxels).
In collaboration with the Australian Partnership for Advanced Supercomputing, the Department of Applied Mathematics is using the technique to explore a variety of systems, such as; the distribution of oil in rocks, how mineralisation affects bone strength, penetration of ink in to paper, granular materials, wood composites, foamed building materials, fossils, and structure and form in natural systems, of which the Ant Plant is a subject.
The ANU is grateful to the ANBG for their generous collaboration.
See the animated AVI file myrmecodia-3D.avi
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Rendering: Ajay Limaye
Australian National University Supercomputer Facility
Contact for micro-CT: Tim Senden
More micro-CT movies: http://wwwrsphysse.anu.edu.au/appmaths/ct_movies/