That's our tomato seedlings,
six of them.
Tomatoes are shiny and succulent when ripe. But the plant itself is fairly hairy. If we look closely at tomato plants we will notice that it's covered with many short hairs called glandular trichomes. The picture shows our little tomato seedling still at four leaves. The hairs are very much visible....
Professor Rob Last, a geneticist at Michigan State University, told Australian scientists that tomato hairs, known as glandular trichomes, secrete a chemical compound known to contain an antibiotic quality, Australian Associated Press (AAP) has reported."Trichomes create the pungent aroma of ripe tomato leaves, and they are also biochemical factories of defensive compounds that deter insect pests and invading pathogens," explained Prof. Last.