ethanol alternative for extracting chlorophyll

Jon Monroe monroejd at
Sat Nov 15 23:25:40 EST 2003

Hi Plant-eders,

What might a 9th grader use in place of ethanol to extract chlorophyll
from leaves prior to iodine staining for starch?  I've heard rubbing
alcohol works - is that the best?

 Jonathan D. Monroe                 
 Associate Professor and Interim Head
 Department of Biology, MSC 7801   
 James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 
 office: 540-568-6649, fax: 540-568-3333  
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