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DNA from dioramas

Dr Evon Hekalla of Fordham University is planning a project to use DNA from the specimens contained in the American Museum of Natural History to compare conditions in the Congo a century ago with those now. As Dr Hekalla says, … Continue reading

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I talk to the trees to find which ones were illegally logged*

Okay, I don’t talk to the trees – it’s pretty unrewarding if you’re after a stimulating conversation. But it’s possible to get a lot of information from the trees, provided you have the knowledge, skills and equipment. Andy Lowe (my … Continue reading

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DNA methods versus illegal logging

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 … Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT – Seeing the wood through the trees *

* From time to time we’ll post a special report, which will be longer than our normal posts. See also The Economist, 22nd September 2012. Illegal logging is a major contributor to tropical deforestation and forest degradation. Aside from clear advancements … Continue reading

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DNA barcoding to track illegally logged Brazilian trees

Scotland on Sunday reports about use of DNA barcoding to track the illegal logging that’s devastating large tracts of fragile Amazon rainforest.  While DNA barcoding has been used for a while to identify human forensic samples in criminal cases, its … Continue reading

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Using barcodes to identify unknown floras

What do you do when you don’t have a taxonomist to help identify plants? This situation  is faced all too often by field survey teams in tropical forests. And that’s where DNA barcoding comes in. DNA barcoding can help at … Continue reading

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Tracking the wood through the trees

Around ten percent of wood imported into Australia comes from illegally logged forests – those situated outside designated logging areas or within protected forests. Illegal logging threatens forest biodiversity worldwide, and therefore identifying illegal wood and wood products is a … Continue reading

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Bringing species identification into the genetics era – DNA Barcoding

DNA barcoding is one of the most exciting new frontiers in biomolecular science. Originally dreamt up in 2003 by a Canadian biologist, Paul Hebert – now affectionately known as the Godfather of Barcoding – the idea was proposed to use … Continue reading

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Life strikes back – harnessing genomics to understand and value biodiversity

Edited notes from Research Tuesday public lecture 8th May 2012 It still seems amazing to me that we don‚t really know how many species there are on earth. In a famous study conducted in Panama in the 1980s, rainforest trees … Continue reading

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The Waxing and Waning of Life on Earth

Since we have only named 10% of all life on earth, we can expect some surprises from the field of taxonomy (the science that describes and names species). Recently genetic variation has been used as a standard ‘yard stick’ to … Continue reading

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