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Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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Chapter 40. Lab XI-1 Pollen Analysis

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The standard kit for this book, available from http://www.thehomescientist.com, includes the items listed in the first group.)

Materials from Kit

  • Goggles

  • Coverslips

  • Glycerol

  • Slides, flat

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Camera with microscope adapter (optional)

  • Collection containers (small plastic bags, etc.)

  • Immersion oil (with 1000X microscope only)

  • Microscope (ideally 1000X)

  • Toothpicks, plastic

  • Specimens, pollen (see text)

Warning

None of the materials used in this lab session present any serious hazard. However, it is good practice to wear splash goggles and gloves when collecting and handling specimens.

Background

Pollen is a granular powder ...

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