J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2014, Vol. 56 ›› Issue (8): 741-748.DOI: 10.1111/jipb.12191

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Loop-mediated isothermal amplification of single pollen grains

Ali Bektaş and Ignacio Chapela*   

  1. Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Received:2013-12-03 Accepted:2014-03-10 Published:2014-03-11
  • About author:*Correspondence: E-mail: canyonwalks@gmail.com


The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has been a reliable and fruitful method for many applications in ecology. Nevertheless, unavoidable technical and instrumental requirements of PCR have limited its widespread application in field situations. The recent development of isothermal DNA amplification methods provides an alternative to PCR, which circumvents key limitations of PCR for direct amplification in the field. Being able to analyze DNA in the pollen cloud of an ecosystem would provide very useful ecological information, yet would require a field-enabled, high-throughput method for this potential to be realized. Here, we demonstrate the applicability of the loop-mediated DNA amplification method (LAMP), an isothermal DNA amplification technique, to be used in pollen analysis. We demonstrate that LAMP can provide a reliable method to identify species from the pollen cloud, and that it can amplify successfully with sensitivity down to single pollen grains, thus opening the possibility of field-based, high-throughput analysis.


Bektaş A, Chapela I (2014) Loop‐mediated isothermal amplification of single pollen grains. J Integr Plant Biol 56: 741–748 doi: 10.1111/jipb.12191

Key words: DNA amplification, field-diagnostics, loop-mediated DNA amplification method, pollen

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