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Barcodes for Tropical Hardwoods

Meranti, Bangkirai, Yellow Balau - experienced timber buyers are still at risk of species substitution.

This project, that covers mainly species from the large Shorea genus, puts in place fundamental elements that allow easy screening to prevent and deter species substitution and allow an extension of DNA chain-of-custody systems to be applied to voluntary and mandatory certification systems in Indonesia.

It also represents a significant investment in forest genetics capacity within Indonesia. Australia and Indonesia are trade partners both taking significant steps to strengthen the legal international trade of timber and are both actively building in modern systems through Genetic Infrastructure.