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Title of Research Project
Development of a molecular barcode system for soil nematode identification.

Research workers:

PI

Dr M Blaxter Institute of Cell, Animal & Population Biology,
Ashworth Laboratories,
University of Edinburgh
King's Buildings,
West Mains Road,
EDINBURGH EH9 3JT
mark.blaxter@ed.ac.uk
PDRA Dr Artemis Papert

Resigned Oct 2000

University of Edinburgh,
(as above)
 
STUDENT Robin Floyd University of Edinburgh, now at BAS  

Abstract
Nematodes are diverse, abundant and important members of soil ecosystems, yet current survey techniques effectively preclude them from assay. We propose to develop a molecular barcoding system based on a survey of the nematodes of the Soil Biodiversity Initiative study site at Sourhope farm. We will sequence a portion of the ribosomal small subunit gene (the barcode) for each specimen, and assign them to molecular species. This barcoding system will allow us to answer questions of correspondence between molecular, morphological and biological species and provide estimates of the diversity, distribution heterogeneity and community structure of the soil nematodes. We will examine relationships between trophic group, phylogenetic diversity and body size. A simple method for rapidly surveying future experimental treatments at Sourhope will be devised and tested.

Links
Molecular barcode system for soil nematode identification  - www.ed.ac.uk
The Blaxter Nematode Genetics Lab at ICAPB - www.ed.ac.uk/blaxlab

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