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The use of DNA metabarcoding to optimize the natural history collections of two Belgian federal institutes

Kurt JORDAENS

Royal Museum for Central Africa, Leuvensesteenweg 13, B-3080 Tervuren, Belgium

The Joint Experimental Molecular Unit (JEMU) is an integrated research infrastructure funded by the Belgian Science Policy and supported by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Brussels) and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA, Tervuren). JEMU aims at supporting scientific research on natural history collections in the fields of DNA barcoding, phylogeny reconstruction and archiving biological specimens. The groups of interest are highly various and include, amongst others, insects (fruit flies, termites) and other invertebrates (flatworms, spiders), as well as vertebrates (freshwater fish, birds). The geographic areas under focus are Antarctica and central Africa. Given the harsh conditions to perform field work in these areas, obtaining representative samples of the local biodiversity is often difficult. Hence, with the recent advent of DNA metabarcoding JEMU is aiming at introducing the technique in both federal institutes. I will illustrate how DNA metabarcoding may provide invaluable information for the ongoing taxonomic work at the RBINS and RMCA, and how such data can be used to validate the natural history collections at both museums

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  • BRANDNER Melissa
    • University of Nordland
    • Bodø (Norway)
  • BROCHMANN Christian
    • National Centre for Biosystematics
    • Oslo (Norway)
  • CHARITON Anthony
    • CSIRO Land and Water
    • Lucas Heights NA (Australia)
  • DEAGLE Bruce
    • University of Victoria
    • Victoria (Canada)
  • Eric Coissac
    • LECA
    • Grenoble (France)
  • KASAPIDIS Panagiotis
    • Hellenic Center for Marine Research
    • Irakleion, Crete (Greece)
  • PAWLOWSKI Jan
    • Université de Genève
    • Genève 4 (Switzerland)
  • TABERLET Pierre
    • LECA,
    • Grenoble (France)
  • WILLERSLEV Eske
    • Centre for GeoGenetics
    • Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • ZINGER Lucie
    • IBENS
    • Paris (France)
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