About the film archive
Learn about the history behind our documentary film archive from the 1940s.
Part of the archive's Junior Biology series, this study of the onion is aided by diagrammatic, time-lapse, and microscopic footage.
'The film shows speeded-up germination of the seed to form roots and shoot, at whose base the leaves later form a bulb. The flower produces pollen grains (shown much magnified), which are transferred by insects to the stigmas for fertilization of seeds inside the ovary.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-1943
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