How can we identify plants?
Plants are essential for many aspects of our daily lives as they provide food, medicines, and construction materials. However, plants can also cause harm, think of poisonous plants, pollen allergies, adulterants in herbal medicines, or invasive species. Correct identification of plants is therefore crucial but unfortunately this is often problematic. Plant.ID will address this issue by developing state-of-the-art molecular solutions for a simplified way of identifying plants.
Congrats to Mari for her successful MSc Defense!
June 3, 2020
Today Mari Elizabeth Engelstad, the MSc student of María, successfully defended her MSc Thesis, 'Determining Nature Types in Norway by Soil eDNA Metabarcoding'. So many congrats to a job well done!
Nataly interviewed for BBC article on the cinchona tree and its history in human health
May 29, 2020
Congrats to Nataly Canales for her recent interview in BBC News on the cinchona tree and its historical use in human health. Quinine can be extracted from the bark of the cinchona tree, and for centuries was the primary treatment for malaria. The cinchona tree, which is native to the Andes, is presently endangered. Nataly explains in her article the importance of protecting the cinchona tree and 'the pharmacy of the world that nurtures it' as an incredible resource for future drug discoveries.
Marcella Rydmark taking over as new Project Manager for PlantID
Apr. 27, 2020
Brecht has accepted a new position as a researcher and editor-in-chief of Plant Ecology and Evolution at Meise Botanic Garden in Belgium. While he will remain part of the Plant ID team, Marcella Rydmark will be taking over as the new Project Manager. We wish to thank Brecht for all the tremendous work he has done as the Project Manager of Plant ID, and are grateful he will continue to support us as he continues in his exciting new role!
GGBC Taxonomy club: Aloes (Asphodelaceae-subfamily Alooideae
Woudstra, Y., 28 February 2020. GGBC Taxonomy club: Ales (Aslphodelaceae - subfamily Alooideae.
At: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK. 28 February 2020.
Aloe identification improved - the quest for new DNA barcodes
Woudstra, Y. Aloe identification improved - the quest for new DNA barcodes
At: Royal Horticultural Society. 19 November 2019.
New DNA barcodes for Aloe derived from NGS data
Woudstra Y, 2020. New DNA barcodes for Aloe derived from NGS data.
At: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. London, UK. 3 February 2020.