DNA methods versus illegal logging

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One of Andy’s articles, recently posted on Biodiversity Revolution, has been picked up by The Conversation. It’s nice to be able to talk about a scientific solution to a serious problem: generally we just tend to worry about issues, and there’s little or nothing that we can do about them. This time, though, there’s a definite solution that will enable scientists to identify timber and track timber that’s been illegally logged, tracing it right back to the source.

Rainforest in the Blue Mountains of Australia. J.W.C. Adams/Creative Commons.

That means a reduction in deforestation, particularly in the most vulnerable areas, and a crackdown on those who make ‘invisible’ money from this trade, as well as providing those with a conscience the reassurance that our timber goods have been harvested sustainably.

That’s definitely a win for the good guys.

[Featured image: Rainforest in Ecuador. Vilseskogen/flickr, Creative Commons]


  1. A great innovation and excellent to see this technology becoming part of global chain-of-custody systems like the Forest Stewardship Council — accountability assurance across the value chain. I look forward to feeling more confident about the timber products I buy, including the paper trail!

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