An embedding, polishing and etching procedure for examining the 3-D structure of diatoms with SEM

Andrew CARR, Gary C. JONES & Eileen J. COX

en Cryptogamie, Algologie 29 (4) - Pages 285-291

Published on 28 November 2008

A technique for obtaining cross-sections of diatom frustules which retains the integrity of the frustule without recourse to an ultra-microtome and allows their examination under SEM is described. The technique employs the polishing and etching of resin-embedded material and can be applied to cleaned diatoms from field samples or cultures. Examples are shown of the types of frustule ultrastructure information that can be obtained using this technique.

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