[Taxacom] Fw: Eliminating fungus from pinned specimens

Jan Bosselaers dochterland at telenet.be
Thu Aug 1 04:42:34 CDT 2013

You could try dipping them in an alcoholic solution of 0.5% IPBC (iodopropynylbutylcarbamate). Blooming could be a problem, so first try with a few unimportant specimens.

Best regards,

Jan Bosselaers

> Hi all:
> I was just given a small collection (5 unit trays)  of braconids. I 
> noticed that a few specimens had some fungus growing on them. 
> Is it safe to incorporate it into the department's general collection or 
> should I be treating them with something before doing so? If yes, then 
> what chemicals should I be using or should I put it in the freezer?
> Is there a way of eliminating the fungus altogether  without damaging the 
> specimens?
> I was told that room where the specimens came from is not central air 
> cooled, and the room does get humid. What can be done to mitigate the 
> growth of fungus? If a dessicant can be used, does it work ok with 
> naphthalene?
> Thank you in advance, and sorry for cross posting.
> Aloha,
> Bernarr Kumashiro
> Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture
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