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Onion cells are easy to see using a light microscope.

Here is a typical method for


preparing a slide of onion cells:
cut open an onion
use forceps to peel a thin layer from the inside
spread out the layer on a microscope slide
add a drop of iodine solution to the layer
carefully place a cover slip over the layer

Credit: DR KEITH WHEELER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Clover plant stem. Light micrograph of a transverse section through a stem of the clover plant
(Trifolium pratense). Magnification: x100 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.