A new technique for preparing biominerals for atomic-force microscopy

L. M. Egerton-Warburton, S. T. Huntington, P. Mulvaney, B. J. Griffin, R. Wetherbee*

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We describe a methodology that enables the orienting and cleaving of biominerals to consistently yield low z-axis (height) surfaces suitable for high-resolution imaging by atomic-force microscopy. The methodology permits biominerals to be prepared without chemical fixation, resin embedding, or sectioning, and demonstrates a utility for a variety of silicified and calcified biominerals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-37
Number of pages4
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


  • Atomic-force microscopy
  • Biominerals
  • Cleaving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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