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DNA barcoding: a better way to discover species

Written by Mr Stefan Caddy-Retalic and Professor Andrew Lowe It might surprise you to learn that the idea of a “species” is one of the more ambiguous concepts in science. Originally, “species” (meaning “kind” or “sort” in Latin) was used to refer to organisms that looked different and, for more than 250 years, physical differences were used […]

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Professor Andrew Lowe leads new 2.5m DNA Barcoding Project

Did you know that over 400 new species were discovered in the Amazon between 2010-2013 alone? This is just the tip of the iceberg. Professor Andrew Lowe of the Environment Institute says: “Of the estimated 10 million species that exist on our planet, only just over a million have so far been identified and described”. […]

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New Paper: Identification through DNA Barcoding – a powerful oppurtunity for ecologists

A new paper titlted ‘Identification of Rays through DNA Barcoding: An Application for Ecologists‘ investiges DNA barcoding and its use as a potentially powerful ecological tool to support and confirm species identifications and to highlight species complexities. DNA Barcoding is used to investigate tropical rays as part of the ecological study. The paper involves Environment […]

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Two Super Science Fellowships for the Environment Institute.

The Environment Institute has won two of Federal Govenment’s Super Science Fellowships. The aim of these fellowships is to attract and retain outstanding early-career researchers. The fellowships have been awarded to this institute to examine environmental DNA barcoding and genomics, develop methods for rapid visual analysis of ecosystem change and improved climate change modelling approaches. […]

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