Class 12 of the Louise-Otto-Peters-school visits the MIE labs
On Monday the 26th of November MIE welcomed class 12 of the Louise-Otto-Peters-school from Leipzig to the molecular lab. During their time in the lab, the students got an insight in molecular genetic techniques by extracting DNA, performing a PCR procedure and running a gel electrophoresis.
Two groups studied the response of field mustard (Brassica rapa) and tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) to attacks by cabbage root flies (Delia radicum) or parasitic nematodes (Meloidogyne incognita). One group identified nematode infestations in tomato plants and two other groups looked at the presence of endosymbionts such as Rickettsia and Wolbachia in lacewings (Chrysoperla carnea) and cabbage root flies. Thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of Frau Starke and all students the day was a great success!