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[Plant-education] old preservative

Kim Siemens Kim.Siemens at twu.ca
Mon Jul 24 18:01:42 EST 2006

Good afternoon Dr. Jensen

I came across an old thread on the internet, which I've included below,
regarding some "Wards Botanical Preservative" you discovered in your
lab. I have just made a similar finding and am wondering if you were
able to discover anything about this solution. I would like to dispose
of it and would be interested in any information you could provide me

Thank you very much.

Kim Siemens
Biology Lab Supervisor l Biology Department l
Trinity Western University l t: 604 888-7511 ext. 3240
f: 604 513-2018 l e: kim.siemens at twu.ca

Everyone, In the process of cleaning out old junk, I have come across
two large bottles of a liquid that is factory-labelled as "Ward's
Botanical Preservative." I've smelled it, and it isn't FAA, formalin, or
alcohol. My best description is that it has somewhat of a
minty/wintergreeny smell, but it is more sickening, similar to the smell
of crushed Conocephalum (liverwort) thalli, for those of you who know
it. Does anyone know...What this is and what it is composed of? Whether
it is still useful? If so, for what? If not, whether it can be simply
----- Douglas P. Jensen Assistant Professor and Chair Biology Department
Converse College 580 E. Main St. Spartanburg, South Carolina 29302

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