The Daily Grind
- Read a daily paper: Great topic about plant invasion being influenced by soil microbes - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21661564 / Here's a good review about fungal TRFLP - http://www.springerlink.com/content/r15h4522615r25m4/fulltext.html
- Do EF1 and PR1 directed PCRs directly on RNA samples to check for DNA contamination.
- Once Derek replies, order Max550 labelled 1392R for PCR with 799F.
- Photograph plates of bacteria - do TRFLP of soil DNA in triplicate per sample(sand, Mex, Can)
- Apparently we got healthy and diseased strawberry rhizosphere soil, which Amy suggests I use for defining strawberry rhizosphere.
- Organize/plan strawberry soil experiment (also known as California soil), brainstorm Trevor Charles metagenomics, plus other
- Appears to me that we should simply do TRFLP on these samples for bacteria and fungi. Fungal primers I should use appear to include ITS1F and ITS4 (Use of the ITS primers, ITS1F and ITS4, to characterize fungal abundance and diversity in mixed-template samples by qPCR and length heterogeneity analysis - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167701207002424). Another paper develops a pair of nested primers for amplification of fungal DNA to the exclusion of Oomycetes (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1156903/?tool=pubmed). We may want to get specific primers for Oomycetes too, as these aforementioned primers appear to miss them.
- For TRFLP, it appears that ethanol precipiation might be a viable technique, "Digests were desalted by precipitation with 96–100% (v/v) ethanol and 0.25 mol l) 1 sodium acetate, and left to precipitate overnight at 20 degrees C. Tubes were then centrifuged at 14 000 g at 4 degrees C for 15 min, washed with 70% (v/v) ethanol and resuspended in nuclease-free water, and aliquots (1 ul) were mixed with 38.75 umol per L of Beckman Coulter sample loading buffer and 0.25 ul of Beckman Coulter size standard 600 (High Wycombe, Bucks, UK)." from this publication - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20426769