DNA Barcoding at Home

Stephen Russell

Learn the basics of how you can perform DNA analysis at home on a limited budget. Stephen Russell will go through the process of DNA extraction, amplification, visualization, and sequencing. Participants will ultimately receive DNA sequences of the mushrooms they collected.

About the Teacher
Stephen Russell is a Ph.D. student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he explores the biodiversity and ecology of macrofungi (mushrooms). His interest in mushrooms began with applied mycology, particularly mushroom cultivation, and is the author of The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms. He was the founder of the Hoosier Mushroom Society (www.hoosiermushrooms.org) in 2009, and still serves as the President. He is also a coordinator of the North American Mycoflora Project (www.mycoflora.org) – an organization dedicated to surveying all the macrofungi of North America – particularly through engaging citizen scientists. His current academic work focuses on creating a DNA-based mycoflora of Indiana.