DNA Barcoding

DNA Barcoding

DNA barcoding has been used to test species status of living plant specimens and herbarium specimens. In a recent project in collaboration with Queen’s University, Belfast, we used DNA barcoding to help determine evidence of food fraud. Samples of ground herbs were...
Phylogeography of Saxifraga nivalis

Phylogeography of Saxifraga nivalis

Project Background The Irish flora has approximately 16 plants that are considered arctic or alpine. We are currently studying a group of arctic-alpine Saxifrages with the aim to decipher their geographical origins. One of these species, Saxifraga nivalis, is...
Phylogeography of Arbutus unedo

Phylogeography of Arbutus unedo

  Colin Kelleher (National Botanic Gardens) Project Background The Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) has a predominantly Mediterranean distribution. The Irish populations are disjunct from the major populations in the Mediterranean, Portugal and Spain. To date we...