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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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Australian government outlaws illegal logging

Welcome news from November 21st – the Australian Federal Government has passed the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill in order to crack down on the multi-billion dollar illegal logging trade. Good news for all who are concerned about deforestation, human rights abuses, … 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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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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Australian technology is leading the world

There’s a Reuters’ story coming out next week featuring myself and Jonathan from Double Helix Tracking Technologies, and Reuters have put together a teaser video to stir a bit of interest in it. You can find the link here. Check … Continue reading

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