Hi Andy et al.,
Your statement about nail polish and Elmer零 begs the question - what do
you recommend as an archival alternative?
Professor Andrew V. Z. Brower
Evolution and Ecology Group
Dept. of Biology, Box 60
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
On 7/18/18, 1:27 PM, "Entomological Collections Network Listserve on
behalf of Andy Deans" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of [log in to unmask]>
>Does anyone know the history of glycerol / glycerin / glycerine use in
>entomology, for storing genitalia, etc.? I see references from the 1950s
>at least, some with additives like chloral hydrate and (yikes!) arsenic.
>Does anyone know how stable glycerol alone is over the long term? I heard
>anecdotally that there are specimens more than 100 years old that have
>been stored in glycerol. My impression is that these older specimens are
>mostly cuticle - the soft bits having been digested away with KOH. Would
>soft tissues preserve well in glycerol alone? Thanks for any help!
>Also, thanks for your responses to the survey about adhesives. I have
>been researching different classes of adhesives and now have a manuscript
>to be shared shortly. The results will also be presented at the meeting
>in Vancouver. More soon ... but I should put at least this advise out
>there now: We really should stop using clear nail polish and Elmer's!
>They are NOT archival.
>Frost Entomological Museum