Eur. J. Entomol. 105 (4): 793-795, 2008 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2008.105

A modified method for clearing, staining and mounting plant-inhabiting mites

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A modified method for clearing, staining and mounting plant-inhabiting mites is proposed. With this method, all mites can be cleared with a single agent and mounted in a single medium. The stain added to the mounting medium enhances the clarity of the fine structures of soft-bodied mites under phase contrast and more significantly under bright field microscopy.

Keywords: Acari, iodine, staining, microscope slides

Received: November 28, 2007; Accepted: March 19, 2008; Revised: March 19, 2008; Published: October 24, 2008Show citation

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FARAJI, F., & BAKKER, F. (2008). A modified method for clearing, staining and mounting plant-inhabiting mites. Eur. J. Entomol.105(4), 793-795. doi: 10.14411/eje.2008.105.
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