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Sample Preparation to Observe The Straight And Flat Posture of Silkworm Embryo under Scanning Electron Microscopy via Glycerol Substitution Method

  • Wenbin Liu (a1), Chenzhao Li (a1), Qi Zhang (a1), Zhixin Lei (a1), Yanqi Hou (a1), Fangyin Dai (a2) and Cheng Lu (a2)...

Abstract

In the preparation process for scanning electron microscopy (SEM), flexed silkworm embryos typically assume several curled shapes with irregular postures that obscure morphological details during SEM observation. We describe a preparation technique based on glycerol substitution for better SEM visualization of straight and flat silkworm embryos. Glycerol has high viscosity, low vapor pressure, and sufficient electrical conductivity. Silkworm embryos were infiltrated with glycerol and arranged in a straight posture or flattened using a cover slip. Samples were directly observed by SEM without additional dehydration, drying, or coating procedures. The complete ventral side could be easily viewed in one image. Recoating alleviated the charging phenomenon. This represents a simple method for preparation of straight and flat samples from curled biological specimens for SEM observation.

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* Corresponding author. lucheng@swu.edu.cn

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Sample Preparation to Observe The Straight And Flat Posture of Silkworm Embryo under Scanning Electron Microscopy via Glycerol Substitution Method

  • Wenbin Liu (a1), Chenzhao Li (a1), Qi Zhang (a1), Zhixin Lei (a1), Yanqi Hou (a1), Fangyin Dai (a2) and Cheng Lu (a2)...

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