Clearing agents

Page Owen tpowe at conncoll.edu
Thu Nov 6 14:27:25 EST 1997


Christine:

For clearing leaves I have used 70% ethanol to remove the chlorophyll,
followed by a 5-10% solution of NaOH until clear.  Stubborn areas can be
cleared by a brief (2-4 min) in full strength bleach.  Be careful as the
tissues become delicate.

Chloral hydrate is a DEA controlled substance.

Hope this helps.

Page Owen
Connecticut College
Dept. of Botany



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