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Help wanted with epidermis

Tony Travis ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk
Tue Mar 19 12:43:42 EST 1996

Ricardo Jorge Lopes wrote:
> [...]
> I would like to know if someone knows another method to achieve good
> definitive epidermis preparations because I can´t find another in all the
> bibliography I have.

You can produce a replica of the epidermis by painting the leaf surface with 
nail varnish, and peeling it off when dry. Then, examine the replica under a 
microscope. This method is sometimes used by taxonomists to identify different 
species using their stomatal characteristics.

Dr. A.J.Travis,                     |  mailto:ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk
Rowett Research Institute,          |    http://www.rri.sari.ac.uk/~ajt
Greenburn Road, Bucksburn,          |   phone:+44 (0)1224 712751
Aberdeen AB2 9SB, Scotland, UK.     |     fax:+44 (0)1224 716687

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