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Hi , I've bought a microscope for Christmas and now I'm wanting to buy a few extra slides and gum media, can anyone suggest a good shop via the tinterweb..

Thanks
Mark.

Ps.. We have 5 small jars of dry pollen, collected at different times through out last year and we want to look at them but I don't have any gum media.
Edit: is there any other product we can use to observe the pollen?
We have some slides.
 

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Brunel microscopes have a v good range. You need glycerine jelly stained with fuchsin for making pollen slides. See link below for
A good little book to have is Practical Microscopy for Beekeepers by Bob Maurer (of National Honey Show fame).
Elaine
P.s. the other things you’ll need to order as well as the book to make pollen slides as well as the slides:
-isopropanol (95% for degreasing and cleaning the pollen),
-watch glass (for swirling the pollen in the alcohol),
-plastic pipettes (for dropping the alcohol onto the watch glass),
-Glass rod (for dropping the pollen / alcohol mixture into the slide and dropping the stain onto it too),
-a slide warming plate or can improvise on a warm surface eg Aga or similar.
- coverslips to put in top of the stained pollen
Hope this helps
 
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Brunel microscopes have a v good range. You need glycerine jelly stained with fuchsin for making pollen slides. See link below for
A good little book to have is Practical Microscopy for Beekeepers by Bob Maurer (of National Honey Show fame).
Elaine
Thanks for the link.. I'm a bit all out on books.. If I said to SWMBO I was going to buy more books or anything bee related I think I would be sleeping in the bee shed..
 

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Thanks for the link.. I'm a bit all out on books.. If I said to SWMBO I was going to buy more books or anything bee related I think I would be sleeping in the bee shed..
Here’s some notes on how to make pollen slides. Wouldn’t want you to have to sleep with the bees :)
 

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