plant cells

Gary Cote gcote at
Mon Sep 11 17:14:55 EST 2000

One possibility that may not work because it's a bit messy is an orange.
The sections are made up of little "juice vesicles" which are very visible
to the eye and contain only about a hundred cells.  Should be visible with
a hand lens.  Of course, the reason they're so big is the same reason
they're so messy -- huge vacuoles full of juice.  Any citrus should do as

Gary Cote

At 10:17 PM 9/11/00 +0100, you wrote:
>Dear Folks,
>I'm teaching a non-majors plant biology course this semester, and I'm
>starting a section on cells.  I'm trying to include as much real
>observation of things as I can, but am constrained by the fact that there
>is no lab, and the class meets in an auditorium.  
>Here's what I'd like to do, and I send this out to you all in hopes that
>someone knows how to achieve it.  I'd like to pass around a leaf or chunk
>of tissue that has cells of enough size to be seen with a 5X hand lens.
>I'm only shooting for them being able to see the outlines of the cells, but
>not anything within.  Any candidates?
>Kathleen Archer
Dr. Gary Coté
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