Insect Communities

Pollen DNA sequencing in Krakow

Jan preparing aliquots under the laminar flow © T. Suchan

The last two weeks, Jan spent at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany in Krakow, Poland, where he worked on the continuation of his metabarcoding of pollen grains sampled from Mount Cameroonian butterflies. Extracted pollen samples, collected from 250 individual butterflies and moths along the altitudinal gradient, were transferred to the institute. There, under supervision of Dr. Tomasz Suchan, the DNA libraries were prepared and purified successfully. Sequencing still has to be performed, but the quality of the library promises good results. We hope for the final success!