Iodine Q

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RaineeDayze
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Iodine Q

#1 Post by RaineeDayze » Thu Oct 15, 2020 3:28 pm

Hello, I'm hoping for patience as I'm brand new. I've bought myself a microscope, some slides, some stains.

I live in Canada (which may or may not be relevant), and there are some experiments I'd like to do that require an iodine stain, but the stains I bought don't include iodine, which I found strange.

What type of iodine do I need specifically? I won't be doing lab work, just beginners speed 'golly gee, look at that' type of microscopy.

Thanks in advance for your help

Rainee

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Re: Iodine Q

#2 Post by BramHuntingNematodes » Thu Oct 15, 2020 3:56 pm

Gram's or Lugol's for aqueous, La Cour's or regular tincture of iodine for alcohol. Probably the former, as the alcohol solutions are better suited to removing mercury than actually staining the starch, but I think it's not particularly important the exact mixture. All of these should be very cheap and reasonably easy to obtain.
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Re: Iodine Q

#3 Post by Hobbyst46 » Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:21 pm

Welcome.
Suggestion: try not to stain any textile besides the specimen, especially if you use the iodine in alcohol tincture.
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Re: Iodine Q

#4 Post by RaineeDayze » Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:44 pm

thanks for answers, it's all helpful information

I'm actually what feels like light years away to learning this information.

Happy Friday!

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