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Online Agri-TechExpress with Earlham Institute: Barcoding the Broads
Tuesday 24th May @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Establishing metrics around biodiversity is one of the major challenges for the upcoming ELMs programme, designed to incentivise farmers to invest in natural capital and ecosystem service delivery.
Join us for a quick-fire deep-dive into the Norfolk Broads as we learn more about technologies to help explore, benchmark and manage biodiversity – through the Earlham Institute’s “Barcoding the Broads” programme.
The Norfolk Broads is one of the UK’s most ecologically diverse habitats, as well as home to Environmentally Sensitive Areas and highly-productive farmland. Environmental DNA – or “eDNA” can be found in water, soil and even air (it has recently been shown to be able to detect insect DNA in air samples) and help identify the organisms living there.
Using DNA sequencing technologies to “barcode” the DNA found in samples collected from the environment is a crucial first step in being able to manage and monitor changes in biodiversity. Analysing this eDNA can also provide unprecedented insights into the diversity of species in different habitats.
As part of this work, “Barcoding the Broads” uses simple and reliable laboratory and computer techniques to highlight the importance of genomics and bioinformatics for understanding, conserving, and benefiting from biodiversity.
Farmers and landowners in particular may find this event of interest to understand ways in which in the future they could identifying, quantifying and managing biodiversity on farm.
We’ll be hearing first-hand from those who are providing the training and analysing the data with some early insights into the results – as well as how you can get involved.
Through the “Darwin Tree of Life” project, the Earlham Institute in Norwich is part of a UK-wide consortium which aims to sequence and document the DNA of every plant, animal, fungus and protist (tiny single-celled organisms) in Britain and Ireland. The work feeds into the wider Earth Biogenome Project which hopes to repeat this across the entire planet.
The project involves free training workshops on the Norwich Research Park to share the skills and knowledge for DNA barcoding – where plant, insect and fungi species can be identified by extracting and analysing their DNA. The protocols can be used to support both education and research work with >100 people from local schools and nature groups receiving training over the past few months.
Agri-TechExpress with Earlham Institute: Barcoding the Broads
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