Cellotape Flag Preparations
An excellent technique for the rapid mounting of sporulating fungi because it keeps more of the reproductive structures intact.
- Using clear 2cm wide cellotape and a wooden applicator stick (orange stick) make a small cellotape flag (2x2 cm).
- Using sterile technique, gently press the sticky side of the flag onto the surface of the culture.
- Remove and apply a drop of 95% alcohol to the flag, this acts as a wetting agent and also dissolves the adhesive glue holding the flag to the applicator stick.
- Place the flag onto a small drop of Lactophenol cotton blue on a clean glass slide, remove the applicator stick and discard, add another drop of stain, cover with a coverslip, gently press and mop up any excess stain.