Rare native plants and mosses to yield DNA fingerprints

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Dr. Twyford is part of the Darwin Tree of Life Project research team that are developing sequencing pipelines to catalogue all genomes in the British flora.



Period17 Nov 2019

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  • TitleRare native plants and mosses to yield DNA fingerprints
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletThe Scotsman
    Media typePrint
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionThis article written for the Scotsman reports on the work of the team from Edinburgh University on the Darwin Project. barcode around 8,000 key British species of plants, animals and fungi in the next two and a half years.

    "Dr Alex Twyford, lecturer in botany at the University of Edinburgh, added: “The Darwin Tree of Life Project will transform our understanding of the British fauna and flora, providing new insights from the level of the gene to the entire ecosystem. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh will play an important role in collecting and analysing British plants and will use these data to inform our conservation science.”
    PersonsAlex Twyford