Why build reference data?
Scientific testing is commonplace in the food sector to detect and control food contamination. The same approach is suitable for timber, but routine application is restricted by lack of scientific reference data for the most vulnerable timber species in the most exploited geographic regions.
DoubleHelix has taken up this challenge, working with scientists, industry and in-country partners to build DNA and isotope reference databases that can be applied to disrupt the illegal trade and establish true supply chain transparency.
Determining what reference data will have the most impact (what type of testing, for which species, over what geographic area, and to what level of resolution).
Coordinating sample collection (working with government, finding local partners, training sample collection teams, and managing logistics).
Organising workshops for partner coordination and project communications.
Field testing reference data to validate effectiveness and reliability.
Integrating scientific methodologies with conventional certification and verification systems.