Molecular Genetics Lab

Our working group, together with the working group “Molecular Ecology”, operates a molecular genetics laboratory at the Julius Kühn Institute, Geilweilerhof in Siebeldingen. The laboratory is fully equipped for all standard molecular genetic work, e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, quantitative (real-time) PCR, DNA cloning and sequencing (two 8-capillary automatic sequencers). The University of Koblenz-Landau invested profoundly in the development of environmental science research, as a new laboratory building for about 20 million euros will be built on the main campus in Landau within the next two years, which will also include a modern molecular genetics lab (210 m²).

8-capillary automatic sequencer

Two 8-capillary automatic sequencers (CEQ 8000 and CEQ8800, Beckman Coulter) allow us to generate microsatellite, AFLP and sequence data in a fast, reliable and reproducible manner.

Realtime-PCR cycler

With our realtime-PCR cycler (Eppendorf) we can watch the PCR while doubling the DNA-fragments. This specialized PCR technique enables us not only to detect the crayfish plague agent, but also to determine the infection degree of the samples.

96-well PCR cyclers

Five 96-well PCR cyclers (Eppendorf, Biometra) make a high through-put of samples possible.

DNA-free flue

Working under a DNA-free flue enables professional and clean analyses.