Does anyone know what magnification you need to sex plants by DNA …and what to look for lol? My microscope goes up to 400-600x I think…I wonder if that’s enough?
Ugh…I should have researched a little before asking. Apparently you need an electron microscope, and possibly a dye…
When you find out how to please let use know.
Special dye and a powerful scanning electron microscope. Pretty pricey deal there! Good luck with that :-)
I actually looked this up after I answered about the electron microscope and saw that there are actually labs that will do a real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) to isolate the Y chromosome as early as the 2nd set of leaves showing. My how things have changed since I took all of those biochemistry classes years ago.
…and it’s pretty inexpensive. No way to build your own yet as a cheaper alternative as far as I can tell.