Microscopic observation of agricultural and botanical products can yield a wide variety of information about your samples. Visikol® for Plant Biology™ helps in quality control by clarifying tissues, rendering them transparent so that insects, soil, fungus, and foreign matter are easy to see.
The United States Pharmacopoeia, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, as well as the FDA recommend the use of chloral hydrate as a clearing agent for microscopic examination. Visikol for Plant Biology brings the power of these standard quality control techniques to your laboratory.
Authentication of identity
Clear specimens quickly to identify anatomical features of your product.
Testa sclereids of authenticated goji berry (image from Elan Sudberg.
Assess possible adulteration
Clearly visualize all objectives in a specimen for the quick identification of any possible adulterants.
Blueberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) fruit powder adulterated with elderberry (Sambucus sp.)
The clearest microscopic images, allowing you to quickly ascertain the overall quality of your products.
Ocimum americanum (lime basil) capitate gland
Check for contaminants
Quickly spot dirt, sand, glass, mold, and other contaminants in your products.
Basil Downy Mildew on Basil leaf
- The usage of microscopy method for herbal standardizations
- FOOD QUALITY ISSUES: understanding HACCP and other quality management techniques
- American Herbal Pharmacopoeia ® Botanical Pharmacognosy — Microscopy Characterization of Botanical Medicines (Preface – Introduction)
- FDA Laboratory Methods – Microscopic Confirmation of Decomposition and Rot Due to Molds