Preservation of Nematoda?

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Preservation of Nematoda?

Post by Nematoda » Wed May 31, 2006 10:55 pm

I was recently just messing around in my backyard, when I came across an ant in my pool with a distended abdomen. Being the curious guy I am, I opened up the ant and discovered what appears (after a thorough google search) to be a nematode that infects ants, probably a Mermithidae Nematode.

Right now I have it sealed in a petri dish, but I know I will be unable to keep it (them? there seem to be several) alive...so, how can I preserve them after death? Is there a certain mixture of alcohol, or should I not use alcohol at all? I am only a sophomore in high school, so my access to the majority of chemicals is somewhat limited, though I may be able to come up with something through my biology teacher...

Thanks in advance, and sorry if this isn't the right forum for this!

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Post by MrMistery » Thu Jun 01, 2006 6:06 pm

40% formaldehyde, 60% water is the solution normal lab animals are kept in
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