Molecular Ecology views: This [spruce] bud’s for you

Processing spruce buds for DNA collection, on the banks of the Skeena River, northern British Columbia. Photo courtesy Jill Hamilton.

Processing spruce buds for DNA collection by the banks of the Skeena River, northern British Columbia. Photo courtesy Jill Hamilton.

Jill Hamilton sends in her view of molecular ecology in action:

After a long day of clipping spruce buds from trees for DNA extraction there was a need to process the samples a bit further as we reached our sample sites way before bud flush (see additional photo of bud size). But pulling the little bits of green tissue from the protection of their bud scales night after night was never too onerous with a cold drink, an amazing landscape and a great field assistant/friend.

A processed bud going into storage. Photo courtesy Jill Hamilton.

A processed bud going into storage. Photo courtesy Jill Hamilton.

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Jeremy Yoder is an Assistant Professor of Biology at California State University, Northridge. He also blogs at Denim and Tweed, and tweets under the handle @jbyoder.
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