Reproducible genomic DNA preparation from diverse crop species for molecular genetic applications. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Several high-throughput molecular genetic analyses rely on high-quality genomic DNA. Copurification of other molecules can negatively impact the functionality of plant DNA preparations employed in these procedures. Isolating DNA from agronomically important crops, such as sugarcane, rice, citrus, potato and tomato is a challenge due to the presence of high fiber, polysaccharides, or secondary metabolites. We present a simplified, rapid and reproducible SDS-based method that provides high-quality and -quantity of DNA from small amounts of leaf tissue, as required by the emerging biotechnology and molecular genetic applications. RESULTS: We developed the TENS-CO method as a simplified SDS-based isolation procedure with sequential steps of purification to remove polysaccharides and polyphenols using 2-mercaptoethanol and potassium acetate, chloroform partitioning, and sodium acetate/ethanol precipitation to yield high-quantity and -quality DNA consistently from small amounts of tissue (0.15g) for different plant species. The method is simplified and rapid in terms of requiring minimal manipulation, smaller extraction volume, reduced homogenization time (20s) and DNA precipitation (one precipitation for 1h). The method has been demonstrated to accelerate screening of large amounts of plant tissues from species that are rich in polysaccharides and secondary metabolites for Southern blot analysis of reporter gene overexpressing lines, pathogen detection by quantitative PCR, and genotyping of disease-resistant plants using marker-assisted selection. CONCLUSION: To facilitate molecular genetic studies in major agronomical crops, we have developed the TENS-CO method as a simple, rapid, reproducible and scalable protocol enabling efficient and robust isolation of high-quality and -quantity DNA from small amounts of tissue from sugarcane, rice, citrus, potato, and tomato, thereby reducing significantly the time and resources used for DNA isolation.

published proceedings

  • Plant Methods

altmetric score

  • 1.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Chiong, K. T., Damaj, M. B., Padilla, C. S., Avila, C. A., Pant, S. R., Mandadi, K. K., ... Mirkov, T. E.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Chiong, Kelvin T||Damaj, Mona B||Padilla, Carmen S||Avila, Carlos A||Pant, Shankar R||Mandadi, Kranthi K||Ramos, Ninfa R||Carvalho, Denise V||Mirkov, T Erik

publication date

  • January 2017