CHROMOSOME PREPARATION FOR IN SITU HYBRIDIZATION (ISH)
- Germinate seeds on moist filter paper in petri dishes at room temperature.
- Collect root tips when they are about 1 to 2 cm long and pretreat with ice water for 24 h.
- Fix in Carnoy's
I solution for 1 to 7 days. Better ISH results are obtained after
short fixation times, but squashes are difficult if the fixation time
is less than 2 days.
- Stain the root tips in 1
% acetocarmine for 10 min to 1 h.
- Make squash
preparations in 1 % acetocarmine but without boiling and heating.
- Store the slides in a -70°C freezer. Slides can be stored for
many years without adversly affecting N-banding and ISH results.