[Plant-education] stain vascular tissue?

David W. Kramer via plant-ed%40net.bio.net (by kramer.8 At osu.edu)
Wed Feb 7 15:17:22 EST 2007

Phloroglucinol can be used to stain lignified cells (xylem).  Make up 
a solution:

	EtOH, 95%	100 ml
	HCl (conc)	  16 ml
	Phloroglucinol	  0.1 g

Place a drop of phloroglucinol solution onto the tissue (thin 
section) and incubate 30-60 min. [temperature is not indicated!]

Result:  Lignified cell walls stain red.  Because the dye fades in a 
short time, the preparation is not permanent.

This is taken directly from page 149 of   Ruzin, Steven E.  1999.  
Plant Microtechnique and Microscopy.  New York:  Oxford University 

>can anybody suggest a stain for xylem &/or phloem of  'live' plant material?
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David W. Kramer, Ph.D.
Asst. Prof. of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
Ohio State University at Mansfield
1680 University Drive
Mansfield, OH  44906-1547
Phone:  (419) 755-4344      FAX:  (419) 755-4367
e-mail:  kramer.8 At osu.edu

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