Simplified Quality Control

Microscopic observation of agricultural and botanical products can yield a wide variety of information about your samples. Visikol helps in quality control by clarifying tissues, rendering them transparent so that insects, dirt, 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 brings the power of these standard quality control techniques to your laboratory.


 

Authentication of Identity-Visikol clears specimens quickly so you can identify anatomical features characteristic of your product. 

 

Assess Possible Adulteration-Visikol allows you to clearly visualize all objectives in a specimen, allowing for the quick identification of any possible adulterants.

 

Quality Assessment-Visikol provides the clearest microscopic images, allowing you to quickly ascertain the overall quality of your products.

 

Check for Contaminants-Visikol allows you to quickly spot dirt, sand, glass, mold, and other contaminants in your products.

 
Testa sclereids of authenticated goji berry (image from Elan Sudberg. Alkemist Pharamaceuticals, http://www.botanicalauthentication.org)

Testa sclereids of authenticated goji berry (image from Elan Sudberg. Alkemist Pharamaceuticals, http://www.botanicalauthentication.org)

Blueberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) fruit powder adulterated with elderberry (Sambucus sp.)

Blueberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) fruit powder adulterated with elderberry (Sambucus sp.)

 Ocimum americanum  (lime basil) capitate gland

Basil Downy Mildew on Basil leaf


 

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In this white paper Visikol is used to identify Goji Berry contamination in a sample of African Mango that went unnoticed with traditional QC methods.

Click here to learn more about the importance of quality control in plant biology research. 

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