Extraction of high quality genomic DNA from Madhuca longifolia (J. Koenig ex L.) J.F. macbr.
Author(s): Rohan Gavankar and Maya Chemburkar
Madhuca longifolia commonly known as the Mahua tree is a medium to large sized deciduous tree distributed in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It is found growing wild and cultivated. The tree is considered as a kalpavriksha by the tribal who are forest dwellers and keenly conserve this tree. The flowers and fruits are edible and the flowers are fermented to prepare mahua drink which is an integral part of their cultural heritage. The seeds are good source of edible fats and used to extract oil. Several pharmacological activities are reported using various parts of the tree. Very little information exists on the molecular aspects of Madhuca longifolia which requires high quality DNA. Optimization of DNA extraction using CTAB and SDS buffer system was standardized. A protocol for extraction of high quality DNA from tree species which are rich in polyphenols is hereby discussed.
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