Castor bean

New efficient DNA extraction method to access the microbiome of Ricinus communis seeds

C. D. Santos, Jr., Dias, A. C. C., Amaral, I. M. R., Bonetti, A. M., and Campos, T. A., New efficient DNA extraction method to access the microbiome of Ricinus communis seeds, vol. 12, pp. 3128-3135, 2013.

Ricinus communis (castor bean) seeds are used to produce an alcohol-soluble oil that is used in more than 400 industrial processes. Despite its economic importance, there has been little research on the endophytic microbiota of castor bean seeds. This microbiota is important for plant metabolic processes and may have considerable biotechnological potential, such as production of lipases and plant growth promoter agents. We evaluated several DNA extraction methodologies in order to access the microbial diversity of castor bean through a metagenomic approach.

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