Current total laboratory costs for the list I have above range from $400 to $750. At the lower end some of the items do not include a breakdown of components, i.e. it is standard mass spectrometry results. So for 100 specimens I’m estimating lab costs of $40k to $75k for that portion of the project.
Now in the collection of fruit I’d also like to collect leaf samples from the very same tree and ship them refrigerated overnight to a genetics lab for recording 71 RAPD markers per sample. That lab cost is currently another $40k.
Then the logistics of all this work will run about $10k each for shipping leaf samples and fruit, plus another $10k for travel. So at a lower bound the total looks like $110k.
By then I might have enough horticulture publications that I could partner with a university professor and together we could obtain grant funding.