Seeking DNA donations

DRF Symposium

As part of the Dairy UP subprogram P1c, we are conducting a DNA survey of kikuyu pastures across southeastern Australia. The purpose of the study is to the evaluate kikuyu varietal diversity across the landscape.

If you would like to include your pasture in the genetic analysis, could you fill in the details below and send some leaf tissue to the following address:

Dr Amit Singh
The University of Sydney
The Plant Breeding Institute
107 Cobbitty Road,
Cobbitty, NSW

A sampling procedure follows:

  1. 4-5 green and healthy leaves are required for DNA isolation. Uproot plants with some soil and pack them in plastic sandwich bags/zipper bags (with punched holes for transpiration). Please send these express post as soon as possible.
  2. Please record the GPS location of the pasture, farm name and date of collection. Any other information such as seed source (if relevant) and historical incidence of kikuyu toxicity (if any) would be great.
  3. Enter your details below and Print out a copy to send in with the samples. 
  4. Submit your details  
We need your contact details in case we need to clarify anything.

About Dairy UP
Dairy UP is a collaborative research, development and extension program for the NSW dairy industry. It aims to unlock the potential of pastures, cows, water and milk to increase productivity and profitability, and de-risk the industry  and develop new markets.