[Coral-List] Fluorescent sediment tracers

Emily McGrath emilycmcgrath at gmail.com
Thu May 1 22:19:27 EDT 2014

Hi all,

Does anyone have experience with fluorescent dyeing sediment? I am
interested in dyeing small quantities of sediment to be used as tracers for
a series of experiments involving coral reef sponges. The sediment will be
gathered from a shallow coral reef and will range in size from ~35-150µm
and should fluoresce under UV light. The application of the dyed sediment
will be *in situ *so non-toxic materials are preferable.

Another complication is that the staining process will occur on a remote
field site with few resources so ideally all materials will need to be
airline approved.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


Emily McGrath
PhD Candidate
School of Biological Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington
P.O Box 600
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

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