DNA fingerprinting

What is DNA fingerprinting?

DNA fingerprinting is widely applied to identify individuals in a range of different circumstances.  Similar technology has been developed, at SASA, as a tool to resolve potato variety issues.

At SASA a searchable database, containing DNA fingerprints of  approximately 1,000 potato varieties, has been created.  Providing a variety is in the Database, it can be used to identify potato varieties.

The test method is quick and accurate using any part of the potato plant e.g. tubers, leaf and some processed produce e.g. crisps, chip.

Cost

Non urgent samples
One sample (eg one tuber)................................................... £65 (+VAT)
Results will be generated within 4 weeks

Urgent sample
One sample......................................................................... £120 (+VAT)
Results will be generated within 5 working days from receipt of the sample. Please advise us prior to submitting samples if you require this service.

Submitting samples

Samples should be sent to:

  Potato Fingerprinting
  SASA, Roddinglaw Road, Edinburgh, EH12 9FJ

Samples should be sent with as much information as possible on the request form, and marked Urgent/Non-Urgent.

For further information please contact:

  Helen Ventisei
  Email: dnafingerprinting@sasa.gsi.gov.uk  | Tel: (+44) 0131-244-8921

  Alex Reid
  Email: Alex.Reid@sasa.gsi.gov.uk  |  Tel: (+44) 0131-244-8910

See also the potato genotyping page.