DNA Material Wanted
Dr Gail Reeves is collecting samples for DNA analysis of the Proteaceae other than Protea.
Collection of material for DNA sequencing: Only one or two leaves are required per species on our wish list (approx. 1 g of fresh tissue). Fresh leaf material gives the best quality DNA - but is only possible if DNA can be extracted within two or three days of collection. If there is a longer time interval between collection and extraction then it is necessary to collect a few leaves into silica gel, which will dry the material quickly and cause the least damage to the DNA. We can provide silica gel & instructions for use.
It is important that we have a specimen with each sample to make into a herbarium voucher. This would constitute flowering material so that the species can be re-identified at a later date. No material can be used for DNA sequencing without an accompanying specimen.
Many thanks for all your help!
Brabejum Wild Almond
Orothamnus Marsh Rose
Overall for South African Proteas
Updated 22 January 2003
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