Analysing genetic diversity is today mostly done in research departments and research institutes. Although there is a rapidly growing interest from private enterprises to acquire appropriate skills and experiences, we still recommend to contact a research institute (interested in conservation genetics, population genetics, and similar) for advice. Researcher from the BONUS BAMBI-project can help out with further references.
Pending cooperation with a suitable laboratory you can collect and store samples for future analyses. Some recommendations:
- Collect at least 50 individuals from each population or sampling location, if possible.
- The size of tissue samples from animals (muscle) and plants should be approximately 2 x 2 cm. If the individuals are smaller, save whole individuals.
- Put each sample in plastic bags or bottles and seal. Ideally, individuals are kept separate, to remove risk of contamination.
- Label with species, date, collection site (GPS-coordinates) and other appropriate information (such as weight, length, sex, age, etc of each individual).
- Store in freezer at preferably minus 80o C, but at least minus 20oC.