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Simple Stain for Plant Tissue

kit #64

This simple procedure permits students to obtain impressive results in differentiating many cell types and tissue structures. It provides excellent discrimination among structures with a high density of different cell types such as root tip or bud. Students hand-cut, mount and stain a section of material. Their observations become more meaningful since they provide their own specimens. Almost any fresh plant material can be used to complete this activity. MICROSCOPES ARE NEEDED.


  • Demystify staining
  • Introduce students to the study of plant cells
  • Cut, mount, stain and observe different cell types and tissue structures
  • Develop microscope technique

Content List in Simple Stain for Plant Tissue is as follows:

Quantity Description
30 Treating dishes, plastic
30 Microscope slides
30 Plastic pics, package
30 Cover slips
30 Razor blades, single-edged
3 Drop controlled bottles of Toluidine blue stain
30 Student Worksheets and Guides
1 Teacher’s Guide with MSDS
Number of students

To complete this kit requires one ~50-minute class period.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Simple Stain for Plant Tissue 64 $92.65