Air-Dryable Direct DNA qPCR Plant Master Mix

Air-Dryable Direct DNA qPCR Plant is a glycerol-free mix that contain optimized excipients compatible with air and oven drying. It has been designed for the development of qPCR assays for direct detection of plant DNA from crude lysate without extraction.

Can also be used wet and/or with purified nucleic acid

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Meridian's Air-Dryable Direct DNA qPCR Plant

  • For ultra-sensitive direct qPCR plant DNA testing using crude lysate samples.

  • Simplify plant DNA testing, by removing the DNA extraction step and shortening the sample-to-result workflows.

  • Designed for genotyping, transgene plant detection, GMO testing and knockout analysis.

  • Can be used wet or it can be dried, for developing an ambient-temperate stable assay.

Detection down to a single copy of Rice ATPe in tomato lysate with high reaction efficiency

Air-Dryable Direct DNA qPCR Plant Graph
Air-Dryable Direct DNA qPCR Plant Mix was air dried with rice ATPe primers and probe. The dried material was reconstituted in 40% tomato leaf alkaline lysate containing 1,000 copies (brown), 100 copies (amber), 10 copies (green) and 1 copy (blue) genome equivalents per reaction of Rice gDNA.
The results illustrate the sensitivity of the Air-Dryable Direct DNA qPCR Plant Mix to (A) detection down to 1 copy of Rice ATPe in tomato lysate with (B) 100% reaction efficiency.

Air-Dryable Direct DNA qPCR Plant, MDX116

Available in 5 mL (1,000 Rxns) or 50 mL (10,000 Rxns) aliquots

Meridian Life Science Division's Air-Dryable Plant Mix was recently named one of the Top 10 most innovative products for 2021 by SeedWorld.

Seed World Award

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Meridian has developed a new Air-Dryable Direct DNA qPCR Plant mix, which is inhibitor tolerant and can be used with crude extracts of plant samples. It’s also air-drying compatible for creating ambient-temperature stable assays.

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The introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in the last 20 or so years and the demand for more precise and reliable techniques to detect foreign (transgenic or pathogenic) DNA in edible plants have been the driving force for the introduction of qPCR techniques in plant research. Direct amplification of crudely lysed plant DNA samples is a fast and convenient technique that avoids the need for laborious, time-consuming, and expensive nucleic acid extractions prior to qPCR. Air-Dryable Direct qPCR Plant is the first commercially available mix designed for developing ambient-temperature stable assays for the direct quantitation of DNA from plants. It combines the benefits of inhibitor tolerance with air-drying to create highly sensitive and cost-effective plant assays.


Description Glycerol-free qPCR and RT-qPCR mix containing Taq polymerase, reverse transcriptase, reaction buffer, dNTPs, MgCl2 and air-dry compatible excipients, developed to tolerate the effects of the inhibitors present in plant lysate.
Concentration 4x
Appearance Clear, colorless solution
Hot Start Antibody mediated
Application Probe-based, real-time PCR, two-step RT-qPCR, one-step RT-qPCR
Sample type cDNA, crude or purified RNA and/or DNA from plant tissue
Presentation 1 vial
Storage -20 °C
Mix stability See outer label
Assay stability Up to 24 months at ambient temperature following air-drying
Consistency ± 0.5 Ct variance between test and reference sample
DNA Contamination None detected in PCR amplification with traces overlay with the negative control on E. coli and mouse genomic DNA specific targets.
DNase/RNase Contamination No detectable degradation

FAQs: qPCR Plant Test

Plant tissue can contain humic acids, pectin, polyphenols, complex polysaccharides, tannins and xylan

In order to obtain best results for plant DNA testing, it is important to use a very small amount of starting materials. The recommended size is 1.2 mm in diameter single leaf punch (0.1 mg).

It is stable for up to 2 years at ambient temperature if correctly stored in sealed pouches.

That will depend on the plant tissue, for soft leaf samples a direct heat lysis can be applied, a single leaf punch (leaf disc of ø1,2 mm or approximately 0.1 mg) is heated at 95 °C for 5 min in 20 µL water. For tougher tissue a SDS lysis (A single leaf punch is heated at 95 °C for 5 min in 26 µL SDS Lysis Buffer (0.1% SDS)) or alkaline lysis (A single leaf punch was heated at 95 °C for 5 minutes in 20 µL alkaline Lysis Buffer (0.2 M NaOH) and neutralised using 6 µL 2 M Tris-HCl, pH 7.5 (Total lysate volume per leaf punch = 26 µL)) may be necessary.

In the European Union (EU), labelling of any food and feed product containing or consisting of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is mandatory (Regulation No 1830; Regulation No 1829). In order to comply with existing legislation, analytical methods for GMO quantification and detection must be available. Currently, qPCR is the technique of choice for GMO determination. qPCR can also be used to determine copy number in a transgenic plant (as multiple transgenes tend to be unstable and the plants more difficult to commercialize, qPCR screening for single copies can therefore save time and resources in future generations).

Yes, the Air-Dryable Direct DNA qPCR Plant be used as a liquid mix or air/oven dried and stored for up to 24 months without needing to change the reaction conditions and air drying/ambient temperature storage will not affect the sensitivity of the test.

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