Tue, 29 Jan 2008 11:28:26 -0500
First- Congratulations to Tom Vining for receiving the New Enland Wild Flower Society's 2007 Education Award and to Barbara and Charlie Grunden for the Society's Maine State Award. Keep up the good work!
Second- The March issue of Natural History has an interesting article "Bar Coding for Botany" The jist is that in the future plants, even their fragments, will be identified by species using DNA bar coding. WOW! Does this mean no more pesky keys and field guides? No longer would just a few professionals and amateurs have the knowledge of a plant's name. A simple test in the field may be used for IDing. This leads me to inquire if we might consider having a work shop or perhaps a guest speaker at JBS this summer regarding this subject. I, for one, would like to learn more about using DNA testing. This has, of course, has been readily available for the human geome project, and now the All Birds Barcoding Initiative is under way with a goal of 10,000 known species by 2010.
I'd be interested in any thoughts you all may have, and do check out Natural History March 2007
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