Friday, August 5, 2016
Conclusion and Revised Procedure
Revised Mounting Specimens Procedure:
#1: Clear the surrounding work area. If needed, place paper towels on the table to prevent any disorder.
#2: Don a lab coat, latex gloves, and safety goggles to protect body from harmful antigen residue on specimens
#3: Gather the correct materials to mount a plant specimen. One will need a small paint brush, a bottle of archival glue, and an ample supply of paper straps
#4: Place a piece of cardboard on the table. Next, take one sheet of bristol board paper and position it on top of the cardboard
#5: Delicately grasp the newspaper holding the plant specimen and place it carefully onto the table
#6: Open the newspaper to reveal the plant specimen
#7: Take the paper label accompanied with the specimen and firmly paste it on the bottom right side of the bristol board.
#8: Fold a fragment packet to glue on the paper. This will house any loose pieces from the specimen.
#9: Cautiously lift the specimen and lay it on the paper
#11: Use a pair of tweezers to place the paper strips over the specimen. These will be used to fasten the plant on the paper.
#12: Next, place the mounted plant and the cardboard on the shelf.
#13: Cover the mounted specimen with a piece of wax paper.
#14: Set washers onto the paper to prevent any bends or folds.
#15: Repeat steps 4 through 16 when mounting another plant specimen.
The digitization of the specimens collected by Dr. Sweeney's Laboratory is an ongoing project. During the summer of 2016, my colleagues and I assisted the laboratory's staff by mounting and documenting plant specimens. The collaborative efforts of my group allowed the lab to further their goal.