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Sampling Kit

To make collecting species for the Dutch DNA Reference Library as easy as possible, we created the ARISE Sampling Kit for small invertebrate animals and mushrooms. 
We are currently working hard to create sampling kits for plant material, so stay in touch of you want to sample those!


Collecting for Arise

The insect sampling kit contains everything you need to start collecting small animals such as insects and spiders: tubes with ethanol, a material transfer agreement and a manual, including the link to the online sampling tool ADA. In this online tool you enter the data about the specimens, such as collection date and location.

You can easily return your samples to ARISE by putting everything back in the sampling kit, closing it properly with the included sticker and mailing the kit back to us. A stamp is not needed!

In the video below we show you how to collect species for us with the insect sampling kit.


Do you want to collect for Arise?

You can order your own sampling kit by clicking the button below. The form is currently only available in Dutch. Drop us an email ( if that is a problem. Our Team Sampling will help you on your way!  If you want to sample without using a kit, be sure to contact us first. Also, read the rest of this page before you start sampling!

Your sampling kit will also contain access to and an account for our online sampling tool ADA, which allows for quick and easy processing of your metadata. If the app is unsuitable for your particular samples, we also have spreadsheet templates you can use. Find out more here:

Handling and conservation

The specimens collected for Arise will be used to create a DNA Barcoding library. Hence, we cannot accept samples that are unusable for molecular analysis. Always contact us first if your samples are stored differently from the list below:

  • Insects and other small invertebrates
    - 70% Ethanol
    - 96% Ethanol
    - Dried
    - DNA extracts


  • Mollusks
    - 96% ethanol
    - DNA extracts
    * Bivalves will close (and then rot) if you store them in ethanol live

  • Plants
    - Silica
    - DNA extracts


  • Mushrooms
    - Silica
    - DNA extracts


  • Ecological and Environmental Samples
    Contact us first, please!

More tips:

So, that means no formaline, no 100% alcohol, no alcohol that's not denatured. Put your specimens in the storage medium as soon as possible, making sure there's plenty of it (ten times the volume of alcohol as compared to the size of the specimen). Avoid cycles where you freeze and thaw your samples, and keep them out of the sun. Don't take subsamples yourself but please let us to this in sterile lab conditions. 

Is that it?

No. All samples should be in closed containers, and should have a label. The easiest way to arrange this is to use our sampling kits. 

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