Thanks guys for the advice! Forgot to detail a few things, so here we are:
- It’s Winter in the Southern Hemisphere and while it isn’t rainy or foggy every day, the humidity has boosted at least two times more than summer, which may explain why they’re getting bad now and not two months earlier.
@annkatrinrose The room is not really temperature-controlled, but the temperature doesn’t drop or raise too much.
@melodi_96 I change papers once every week, but some appear to be fine (especially most Malvaceae and Capparaceae seem to be fine, the latter looking like it was straight-out of the plant) and the worst ones are Loranthaceae (twice disinfected!) and Vitaceae (I lost two specimens to mold).
@Sunbird Yes, I have a 1995 book that mentions the mercury chloride, but I deducted that if something was toxic but not corrosive, it could get away with killing the mold. Sadly, I’m not sure if the deep freeze can handle a bunch of specimens without them smelling like food (or the freezer smelling like old plants!)
@karen5lund Thanks for the link! The template is just what I needed :)
@fishkeeper the final resting place of the ready specimens is indeed a sealed drawer (not sure if it’s cedarwood, but it’s wood also also you can get true American cedarwood here, but it’s endangered)
@twainwright I did try to use silica gel (we get it a lot here on shoes!) and regarding microwaves, I might try it if the climate keeps on getting worse (which it will) I think only the older might work here, since I have very recent collections that might, as you said, explode.
@jdmore Thanks! As I said before, I’m not really sure if I can deep-freeze them, but it seems like the best option. Might try to do so in the next few days. And mostly I use them for personal research, but maybe I will have to in the future.