Developing molecular tools for ostracods (Crustacea) from museum collections and lake sediments

Pilot project
Isa Schön & Koen Martens (RBINS)
JEMU partner: 
Zoltán T. Nagy, Gontran Sonet
Project summary: 
Ostracods are small bivalved crustaceans with an excellent fossil record over both long and short time frames. Molecular techniques for living ostracods have been optimized and applied to various non-marine ostracods groups.
Lab work progress: 
3 DNA extraction techniques tested (silica membranes, phenol-chloropform and salting out) on a series of differently preserved material (alive, formalin-fixed and ethanol preserved)
Data analysis: 
Phenol-chloroform extraction yielded the best-quality DNA extracts
Starting date: 
1st October 2008
Project status: 

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith