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Silicone Resin Plastination of Helminth Parasites for Preservation

S.T. Bino Sundar, S.Sivagnanam and Bhaskaran Ravi Latha

Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Madras Veterinary College, TANUVAS, Chennai - 600 007, Tamil Nadu

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal December 2019 : 96 (12) - pages 44 to 46
(Received: July, 2019, Accepted: August, 2019)


Helminth parasites viz, ukes (Fasciola gigantica), tapeworms (Moniezia sp.), round worms (Parascaris equorum, Toxocara canis, Setaria digitata) and Cysticercus tenuicollis cysts were subjected to silicone resin plastination. Formalinized specimens were brie y pre-cooled at 4ºC for 24 h followed by alcohol dehydration, silicone resin impregnation and curing. Plastinated helminths were sturdy and retained the natural colour. Handling of plastinated specimens was easy with aesthetic superiority compared to conventional formalin preserved specimens. The technique was found to be effective in preserving helminth parasites.

Key Words: plastination, silicone resin, helminths, preservation

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