Building the market and capacity

All projects represent funding commitments that recognise the important role that genetics has in ecosystem management and particularly in forest governance issues. Each project adds to our scientific expertise, supply chain solutions and international network of partners.

Genographic Maps for Africa – ITTO (PD 620/11)

The International Timber Trade Organisation has approved and funded project PD 620/11 Rev. 1 (M) This project will create large scale ‘genographic’ maps (used to map out variation in the genetic make-up of trees in different areas) of several commonly traded tree species in seven African countries and implement DNA based Chain-of-Custody systems in these countries. The project will facilitate access to premium European and United States markets both of which have legislation requiring proof of legality, and therefore traceability. As the first large scale genographic map purpose built to support and improve governance practices in major producer countries it will…

DNA Barcoding of Tree Species

We aim to develop DNA Barcodes primarily for traded timber species, CITES listed and other vulnerable tree species as part of the larger DNA Barcoding movement. DNA barcoding is a widely accepted system designed to provide rapid and accurate identification of unknown species by using short, standardised gene regions as internal species tags. These DNA barcodes are placed into the public domain and are accessible to researchers, NGOs, Government agencies and private companies alike. DoubleHelix is currently working with researchers on several continents and developing funding strategies with Foundations and Corporations that are linked to crowd sourcing techniques to broaden popular…

DNA Verified Origin – Proof of Concept

This project was funded by the Singapore Government through the enterprise development agency Spring. The project was an important step to demonstrate to industry, governments and NGOs the benefits of DNA timber testing. The project focused on merbau (instia spp.), a high-value timber species found in S.E. Asia. The project successfully pushed forward the capabilities of genetic testing for timber products. This was the first time that a genographic map was developed with the ability to differentiate between forestry concessions in the same country. Samples were taken from five forestry concessions in Papua, Indonesia and the DNA of each sample analysed to…

Timber Tracking – ITTO (PP-A/43-194)

This International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) funded project involved collaboration with PT Seng Fong Moulding Perkasa, a well respected saw mill in Indonesia, and a leading Australian timber company, Simmonds Lumber. The objective of the project was to prove and publish that DNA enharnces security against fraud whilst easing the process of implementing a Chain of Custody system. This project has been successfully completed, the results were presented by Darren Thomas at the ITTO Council meeting in Yokohama on the 17 December 2010. The ITTO Journal published the results. The objective of the project was to prove and publish that…

Simmonds Lumber

Simmonds Lumber is a major importer of timber products into the Australian and New Zealand markets. In 2007 it appointed DoubleHelix to use DNA timber tracking services to verify the Chain-of-Custody of merbau timber products from legal sources in Indonesia. In doing so Simmonds Lumber became the worlds first adopter of a DNA supported test of origin. A genetic profile taken of each tree whilst growing in legally allocated concession areas is rematched with another genetic analysis once the logs arrive at the production mill. The approved timber is then processed through the mill, under the strict audit of Certisource, before…