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LacCore Phytolith Processing

Researchers may submit sediment samples to LacCore for phytolith processing. Contact with questions. To submit samples for processing please fill out our customer setup form, analysis request form, and associated Excel spreadsheet.

Standard Phytolith Processing from Lake Seiments

The goal in preparing sediment samples for phytolith analysis is to remove as much non-phytolith material from the sample as possible. Successful laboratory processing makes analyzing the phytoliths recovered in the sample simpler, more accurate, and less time consuming. Processed samples are returned to the requester in alcohol for subsequent microscopic analysis.

LacCore Phytolith Preparation SOP (PDF, 842KB)

Phytolith Analysis

North American Midwest samples processed at LacCore can be analyzed by Jammi Ladwig (PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota).