Worm Breeder's Gazette 1(1): 7
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Many of us have totally abandoned wooden sticks for transferring worms. Instead a short (1 - 1 1/2') piece of platinum wire (32 gauge) is sealed in a pasteur pipette holder. Platinum is soft and a sharp hook or spatular end can be shaped with a razor blade and forceps. Various 'tools' of varied shape can be manufactured. Such implements are readily sterilized in a micro-burner. I have had some success shipping worms in letters. Three or four small pieces of filter paper are placed on a piece of aluminum foil. The filter papers are saturated with a buffer washate from a starved plate. The foil is folded several times to create a seal. The recipient places the filter papers on a plate or washes them in buffer.