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Name: Pat
Status: other
Grade: other
Location: IL
Country: USA
Date: Summer 2014

is there a way to see urushiol oil from Poison Ivy? Will it fluoresce under UV light? We were exposed and believe that the oil still might be in the house somewhere and we were trying to find a way to detect where it might be.
Dear Pat,

There was an article published in late 2012 by a research group at University of California at Santa Barbara describing such a method but it is unclear whether the dye has been commercialized. The URL is:

Best regards, Jim Tokuhisa Ph.D. Virginia Tech

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