Staining phloem

Bob Vickery vickery at MPX.COM.AU
Fri Sep 24 01:54:29 EST 1999

Magaly Rincon-Zachary wrote:

>Does anybody know of an easy staining procedure to visualize sieve tube
>members in fresh tissue?
>Thank you very much.

There is a stain that stains callose a bright blue.  From memory, which may be wrong, the recipe is 0.1% (or was it 0.01% ?) aniline blue in a bicarbonate buffer at pH 8.  The aniline blue turns to brown over a couple of days, so the solution should be made up shortly before use from a concentrated solution of aniline blue in ethanol.


Bob Vickery
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