In 2012, a paper I published in the New Phytologist (“Patterns of shoot architecture in locally adapted populations are linked to intraspecific differences in gene regulation“, Baker et al.) along with Drs. Hileman and Diggle was featured on the cover of the journal. This false-color scanning electron micrograph depicts an axillary bud in an early stage of development into a branch. Two prophylls (the first set of leaves on a branch) are poking straight out at you, covered in a dense forest of trichomes (plant hairs, which may function in herbivore deterrence).