A primer in access and benefit-sharing for DNA barcoders

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  • January 17, 2018
  • New open access book provides essential background for molecular biodiversity researchers on international policy regarding use and transfer of genetic materials Molecular biology approaches, such as DNA barcoding, have become part of the standard toolkit for a growing number of biodiversity researchers and practitioners, with an increasing scope of applications in important areas, such as environmental […]

    Origins of an enigmatic genus of Asian butterflies carrying mythological names decoded

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  • April 18, 2017
  • A group of rare Asian butterflies which have once inspired an association with Hindu mythological creatures have been quite a chaos for the experts. In fact, their systematics turned out so confusing that in order to decode their taxonomic placement, scientists had to dig up their roots some 43 million years back. Now, having shed […]

    Bush Blitz: The largest Australian nature discovery project finds 4 new bee species

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  • September 17, 2015
  • Four new native bee species were recognised as part of the largest Australian nature discovery project, called ‘Bush Blitz‘. The South Australian bee specialists used molecular and morphological evidence to prove them as new. Three of the species had narrow heads and long mouth parts – adaptations to foraging on flowers of emu-bushes, which have […]

    The four-letter code: How DNA barcoding can accelerate biodiversity inventories

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  • September 2, 2015
  • With unprecedented biodiversity loss occurring, we must determine how many species we share the planet with. This can start in our backyards, but speed is critical. A new study shows how biodiversity inventories can be accelerated with DNA barcoding and rapid publishing techniques, making it possible to survey a nature reserve in just four months. […]