During this project, we will focus on the study of Brassica plants (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprout, kohlrabi, kale, etc.). Molecular techniques will allow IRS participants to differentiate these plants at the genomic level. During the project, participants will extract DNA, familiarize on how to follow a protocol, and what are the basic instruments and materials that students need in a lab environment. By the end of the project, IRS participants will observe the variation at the DNA level of different Brassica species, the DNA fingerprint, and will produce their conclusions.
By using this technic in the laboratory, participants will identify different Brassica plant species and will learn about the importance of molecular and genetic techniques used for crop improvement and food security.