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Phytate - Necessary solutions & equipment

Birgit Reissland, Karin Scheper and Sabine Fleischer (2007)

Thorough organization of the workshop before treatment is necessary to guarantee an optimal result. The following treatment solutions, materials and equipment should be at hand:

Necessary solutions

  • Ethanol (or Isopropanol)
  • Water (either re-calcified demineralised water, or tap water of good quality)
  • Calcium-phytate solution (freshly prepared)
  • Calcium-bicarbonate solution (saturated)
  • Gelatine-solution (freshly prepared)




Necessary materials & equipment

  • rigid support (i.e. Plexiglas-plate) that fits into the trays
  • polyester or polypropylene spunbond fabric (e.g. Hollytex® )
  • double sided self adhesive tape
  • small stainless steel scissors
  • stainless steel tweezers
  • sprayer (with Ethanol or ethanol water, gelatine)
  • several trays for immersion
  • Bathophenanthroline-indicator paper for iron-(II)-ions
  • pH indicator paper
  • filter paper circles or blotting paper
  • paper for mending (Gossamer tissue®, japanese paper, ca. 2g/m2)
  • spatula, scalpel
  • light table
  • (woolen) felts for drying
  • Blotting paper
  • Boards for drying
  • Weights for drying