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See-Through Soil is a Revealing Discovery with Exciting Applications

 - Oct 5, 2012
References: plosone.org & abertay.ac.uk
The development of see-through soil can lead one to imagine what the natural world might look like if it was coated in invisible dirt. Of course, this is not going to happen, and the experimentation that's been conducted by researchers at the University of Abertay Dundee was undertaken for a fairly specific purpose.

A revealing look into the realm of root systems is possible thanks to this discovery. Scientists will be able to analyze the growth of plants in a telling and truly revolutionary way. What you're looking at in these photos is the synthetic substance Nafion in action, a close replica to the chemistry of dirt. This extraordinary see-through soil is rendered translucent when it is doused with a water-based formula. As such, the delicate radicles are still kept predominantly protected from the light.