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 involvement in this important new approach to understanding and protecting the biodiversity of our planet.

In December 2011 we sponsored a workshop for scientists from all over the world to discuss tree barcoding at the fourth International Barcode of Life Conference held in Adelaide and Chaired this year by our Chief Scientific Officer Professor Andrew Lowe.