1. Please read the entire instructions carefully before taking your samples. Download a printer friendly version here.
2. Order kits. Then, gather the required tools and supplies (see list below).
3. Do not use dead, yellow or brown leaves. The ideal time to sample is right after the first true (serrated) leaves emerge, usually around 7-10 days post-germination. Please DO NOT use true leaves, use cotyledons (round leaves) to get the best sample.
4. Water your plants 24-48 hours before collecting samples.
5. Label plants and DNA Collection Kits before starting to ensure each sample is tracked back to the correct plant.
6. Avoid cross-contamination during sample collection by wiping your tools with alcohol before and after working with each plant.
1) Nitrile or Latex gloves
► A clean working surface - To document and collect DNA samples
► A blunt object - Sturdy enough to crush leaves (e.g. a coin, marker or key)
► A sample collection form - To track your samples and ensure correct labeling. You can avoid writing out names by hand, (and save time, especially for large orders), by accessing an editable online version of the form here, then emailing or sharing the form when you submit your samples.
Identify and cut a cotyledon from your plant. Place the cotyledon between the plastic cover and filter paper.
Close the plastic cover and place on a solid surface.
Use a coin or blunt object to crush your sample through the plastic film. Continue until the leaf soaks fluid completely through both sides of the filter paper, leaving a dark green spot the size of your fingernail.
Remove leaf remnants leaving behind only what was absorbed by the paper.
Place sample inside the envelope then clean your tools, including the object used to crush your sample
Please do not seal the envelopes. Simply close the flap and use rubber bands to group batches of envelopes when you're done.
Send samples to:
5662 CALLE REAL #243
GOLETA, CA. 93117
You can also schedule a drop-off by contacting us here.
Results will be emailed as a PDF. An example results report is available for download below: