Under the Microscope: Salicin

Salicin is a chemical which is produced by the Salix Willow bark and functions as an anti-inflammatory agent in the human body. This chemical was the initial origin of aspirin and is chemically related to Aspirin. As a tongue twister, the IUPAC name for Salicin is (2R,3S,4S,5R,6S)-2-(Hydroxymethyl)-6-[2-(hydroxymethyl)phenoxy]oxane-3, 4,5-triol. Interestingly because the Beaver eats some of the bark from the willow tree it has been tested to at times have an accumulation of salicin which is converted to salicylic acid (which has a function similar to Aspirin).



As with many of my focus stacked images, the pictures (below) were captured using the following equipment;

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