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DNA extraction from samples
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Posted on 09-04-2014 19:14

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Hello folks,
I am hoping to extract DNA from samples collected from Malaise traps. Whilst I have been warned about using 70% IMS in my collection bottles due to DNA denaturation, I was hoping that someone might be able to comment on one proposed way around of having to use ethanol in my collecting heads:

If the insects are trapped in IMS (70%) and transferred weekly to ethanol, then the DNA should not degrade very much. I have read that IMS degradation occurs over periods of weeks rather than days.

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Posted on 10-04-2014 14:03

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70% ethanol for DNA extractions, from malaisetraps works perfect. No worries.

In a barcoding project on Empidoidea we got a very high success rate for COI. All samples were malaisetrap samples collected directly EtOh, stored for two weeks at 20° (in the dark!), and then identified and each specimen put in a separate vial in 96% EtOh.

I have no experience with IMS - but why not collect directly in EtOh?

Please, for details check our publication:
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Posted on 10-04-2014 14:06

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Thanks Jonas,

The issue with EtOh is cost. I will be running 24 Malaise traps for 5 months (weekly collections). IMS is around 5 times cheaper than EtOH. I will defo read your paper. Many thanks for the reply. I hope to do some barcoding myself so fingers crossed!

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Posted on 12-04-2014 12:08
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Where will you be collecting? Remember to keep any tachinids Grin
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Posted on 12-04-2014 17:21

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Roberto, I would highly appreciate Anisopodidae, Rhagionidae, and Athericidae. Is this material from your traps free?
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