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Greater than X kb: A quantitative assessment of preservation conditions on genomic DNA quality, and a proposed standard for genome-quality DNA

Posted July 8, 2016 - 3:29pm

Mulcahy DG, Macdonald III KS, Brady SG, Meyer C, Barker KB, Coddington J. (2016) Greater than X kb: A quantitative assessment of preservation conditions on genomic DNA quality, and a proposed standard for genome-quality DNA. PeerJ Preprints 4:e2202v1 https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.2202v1

Surveying the Sumacs and Mosses of North America

I am a Museum Specialist in the Department of Botany and the research assistant to curator Jun Wen, whose expertise includes grapes – the plant family Vitaceae, ginseng – the plant family Araliaceae, cherries – the family Rosaceae, and many plant groups found both in eastern Asian and North American...

Preventive Medicine Unit Supports Smithsonian Museum in Djibouti Africa

Posted April 26, 2016 - 1:03pm

DJIBOUTI, Africa (NNS) -- A preventive medicine team from Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit 7 in Rota, Spain, spent two weeks chasing insects across the desert in Djibouti as part of an ecological survey of Camp Lemonnier. EPMU-7 team members... participated in the bug chase at Camp Lemonnier and surrounding areas that was led by scientists from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Feb. 10-26... Read full article here: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=94033

What's that Genome in the Sand?

Wild animals that are directly visible in their environment are the main attraction for nature lovers. Most people do not know about the existence of a fascinating hidden world of animals that inhabit marine sand. This sand can host an impressive abundance and diversity of microscopic animals known as “meiofauna.”...

Field work in South Africa in Dec 2015

Posted March 21, 2016 - 2:51pm

Field work in South Africa in Dec 2015
18 March 2016

Finally, several months delayed is a post about my recent field work in South Africa that took place in December 2015. I put together my tweets from the field and they can be accessed at this storify story.

The resident bird gets the butterfly.

When you look around you might notice birds going about their daily business. But what are they up to? American redstarts are migratory birds that travel to Jamaica during the winter and potentially compete with resident birds, like the Yellow Warbler, for food. Photo by Dave Inman. CC By-NC-ND 2.0...

Cryptobiotic Condos—How Genomics Helps Monitor Coral Reefs

The following is a blogpost about an expedition sponsored by the Smithsonian's Global Genome Initiative. There’s more to reefs than fishes and coral, far more. In fact, it is estimated fishes and coral make up less than 1% of all reef-associated animal species. The other 99% of reef diversity –...

GGI-Gardens

GGI-Gardens Team at WorkGGI-Gardens Team at Work

The Global Genome Initiative (GGI) was founded with the goal Preserving and Understanding Earth’s Genomic Biodiversity. In order to achieve this mission, GGI-Gardens was founded to collect and preserve genome-quality tissue samples from at least one species belonging to each family, 50% of the genera, and all species of plants on Earth. To carry out this ambitious goal, GGI-Gardens is partnering with arboreta, botanic gardens, and greenhouses worldwide to leverage the incredible diversity contained within these living collections.

In January 2015 the GGI-Gardens established a collaboration to sample vascular plants from the mid-Atlantic region of the United States that included five partner gardens (Smithsonian Gardens and Department of Botany Greenhouse, US Botanic Garden, US National Arboretum and the USDA Germplasm Farm). Since this time, GGI-Gardens has expanded into an international partnership that continues to grow.

GGI-Gardens Membership Opportunities:

Contributing Organization: Includes GGI-Gardens Partners that actively collect voucher specimens from their living collections and contribute this material to a GGBN Member biorepository and recognized herbarium.

Supporting Organization: Includes GGI-Gardens Partners that support the GGI-Gardens mission as a signatory party (Member Organization) to this MOC, but do not actively provide voucher material from their living collection. These members are part of the GGI-Gardens Cooperative and have access to all benefits of GGI-Gardens partnership, as outlined in the GGI-Gardens Partner Benefits Portfolio.

As of June 2017, the GGI-Gardens partnership includes twelve international signatory Partners and GGI-Gardens partners have collected 209 Families, 1,024 Genera, and 1,648 Species and made these collections available for discovery on the GGBN Web Portal. Collection protocols at partner institutions can be easily integrated into regular garden inventory operations or organized with a small group of volunteers or interns. GGI-Gardens coordinates with its partners to develop easy-to-follow collections protocols and workflows, as well as data management resources. We can also provide education and training and connect partners with nearby biorepository and herbarium resources.

GGI-Gardens is a cost effective and highly impactful international program that seeks to provide solutions to one of the 21st Century’s greatest challenges for biodiversity science - collecting and identifying global biodiversity for conservation and research. Tissues collected by GGI-Gardens and its partners inform conservation efforts and support plant conservation efforts (e.g., Targets 3, 8, 15, and 16 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation). The GGI-Gardens program is facilitating worldwide programs that seek to preserve plant biodiversity before it is gone. Living collections at botanic gardens around the world contain an incredible amount of plant diversity – let’s preserve it together!

GGI-Gardens Resources

 

Where Does Your Seafood Come From?

Providing the world’s growing population with a sustainable and secure supply of seafood is a daunting task. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is one of the biggest threats to global fisheries. IUU fishing in the Caribbean accounts for a large proportion of the spiny lobster and queen conch fisheries,...

Collecting asiloid flies for genomic research

Posted November 25, 2015 - 12:36pm

I have collected flies for my research for almost 20 years now and over the past 15 preserved specimens for.....

http://nmnh.typepad.com/asiloidflies/2015/11/collecting-asiloid-flies-for-genomic-research.html

 

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