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DNA-Based Olive Variety Identification Service

Jerry Dangl manager, Plant Identification Lab
Foundation Plant Services
(530) 752-7540
gsdangl@ucdavis.edu

Foundation Plant Services now offers DNA-based olive variety identification on a fee-for-service basis. The service makes 'DNA Fingerprinting' technology available to nursery managers, growers, olive oil producers and other industry representatives. Varieties are identified by comparing the DNA profile of the client's sample to Foundation Plant Services' Olive DNA Identification Reference Database. The database contains DNA profiles of the important varieties grown in California and around the world. The service is available to both domestic and international clients. The service does not distinguish between bud-sports (somatic mutations, clones) within a given variety.

Dried young leaves are the standard sample. Sample collection materials are provided as part of the service. Results are typically ready in three to four weeks. An invoice will be sent with the results after testing is completed.

Price: 1-5 samples $345 per sample
6 or more samples $265 per sample

NON-STANDARD SAMPLE TYPES

Plant variety can also be identified using other parts of the plant such as the fruit or dormant cuttings, allowing testing in any season. There is a $50 per sample surcharge for all international samples and all sample types other than leaves dried using our standard protocol. Collection instructions for non-standard sample types are provided case-by-case.

Request DNA-Based Variety Identification Service
Send an EMAIL to gsdangl@ucdavis.edu

Provide:

  • Name and address for shipping collection materials and instructions
  • The number of plants to be tested
  • Background regarding the plants to be tested and the issue to be resolved
  • We will send an e-mail confirmation, instructions and collection material.
Instructions To Submit Samples for DNA-Based Variety Identification