DoubleHelix statement regarding okoume veneers investigation

Following recent media coverage, DoubleHelix has been made aware of an upcoming report by the US office of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), and an associated investigation by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), into okoume veneers sourced from Gabon and the Republic of Congo by Cornerstone Forest Products and Evergreen Hardwoods Inc.

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Update on DoubleHelix and partner activities in Myanmar

This statement has been prepared following publication of the summary record of the EUTR-FLEGT Expert Group meeting of 20 September 2017, and subsequent briefing provided by DoubleHelix at the Timber Regulatory Enforcement Exchange meeting on 23 October 2017. It provides an update of recent activities and a short-term roadmap of activities intended to address concerns raised at these meetings.

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Securing Myanmar teak supply chains with DNA

In a move to facilitate trade flows for teak exporters in Myanmar, the University of Adelaide and Double Helix Tracking Technologies (“DoubleHelix”) have launched the next phase of a project to develop genetic reference data for Burmese teak. When completed, this system will support the Myanmar timber trade to meet increasingly strict import regulations in the European Union, USA and Australia, by using DNA tests to confirm the origin of harvest stated in government documentation.

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Plant DNA evidence supports landmark Lacey Act conviction of bigleaf maple theft

The last of four defendants prosecuted for stealing wood from Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington State, USA, has pled guilty, in a landmark case that marks the first time the U.S. government has prosecuted a Lacey Act case for illegal interstate trade of wood products within the United States. DNA evidence developed by a consortium of experts was an important element of the Government’s case against the timber thieves.

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Genetic Infrastructure in Africa for timber verification

To demonstrate the applicability of DNA fingerprints and stable isotopes, ITTO partnered with Thünen Institute of Forest Genetics in Germany, along with 14 collaborative agencies in Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe to implement Project PD 620/11 Rev.1 (M): "Development and implementation of species identification and timber tracking in Africa with DNA fingerprints and stable isotopes".

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Medieval royal oak bed identity corroborated by DNA tests

A richly-ornamented bed frame is finally unveiled to the public with its identity confirmed to be an authentic survival of Tudor royal furniture, with a bit of help from modern technology. Discovered at auction in 2010, research on its provenance, structure and symbolism narrowed it down as the bed made for the marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York on 18 January 1486.

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A picture paints a thousand words

We launched the first test flight of a quad-copter drone on 23 – 24 December 2014 in the forests of a timber concession. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) mapped a section of river corridor and captured aerial photographs of road networks and the log yard.

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Welcoming our new Director, Strategic Partnerships

We've recently welcomed Avalyn Lim into our ranks as our new Director, Strategic Partnerships. She is working to collaborate with various parts of the Singapore government. 

As a Singapore company we want to help position Singapore as an international hub for genetics and legality; that we are creating a new sector with the potential to bring into Singapore large scale international funding for Genetic Infrastructure projects. 

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