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[Plant-education] fava bean seed/epidermal peels

Jensen, Douglas Doug.Jensen at Converse.edu
Fri Feb 3 10:08:28 EST 2006


I've nearly always had success getting epidermal peels from Kalanchoe,
Sedum, and Allium bulbs, if they will suit your purposes.  Leaves that
are not succulent are more difficult.  We've had good results coating
them with nail polish, waiting for it to dry, and peeling it off the
leaf surface.  Students won't see the actual cells, so you can't do
experiments on them, but the cell shapes and patterns are easy to see.

I can't offer a source for fava beans, but I hear they go well with
liver and a nice chianti.

Douglas P. Jensen
Assistant Professor and Chair of Biology
Converse College
Spartanburg, South Carolina, 29302
douglas.jensen at converse.edu

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:plant-ed-bounces at oat.bio.indiana.edu] On Behalf Of Fisher,
Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2006 2:36 PM
To: plant-ed at magpie.bio.indiana.edu
Subject: [Plant-education] fava bean seed/epidermal peels

Dear Plant-Ed folks:


Does anyone know of a source for fava bean seeds? I've needed them in
the past because fava bean plants are really good for epidermal peels.
Alternatively, does anyone know of another common plant which is good
for epidermal peels?







Roxanne Fisher (rfisher at chatham.edu)

Assistant Professor of Biology

Buhl Hall

Chatham College

Woodland Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15232




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