Plant Cell Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 7, pp 516–521

A reliable method for extraction of RNA from various conifer tissues

  • Jin-Zhuo Dong
  • David I. Dunstan


A simple and efficient procedure suitable for extraction of high-quality RNA from cultured conifer tissues, somatic embryos, zygotic embryos, needles, stem and root tissues was developed. It produced from 100 μg up to 700 μg total RNA per gram tissue dependent on the types of tissues used. RNA quality was estimated by spectrophotometry, agarose gel electrophoresis, in vitro translation of mRNA, cDNA synthesis and Northern blot analysis. The method also worked well with Arabidopsis thaliana and tobacco tissues.

Key words

conifer Picea glauca RNA extraction 



cetyltrimethylammonium bromide






sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis


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© Springer-Verlag 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jin-Zhuo Dong
    • 1
  • David I. Dunstan
    • 1
  1. 1.Plant Biotechnology Institute, National Research Council of CanadaSaskatoonCanada

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