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Title: Anatomically Informed Optimization of DNA Extraction from Wood and Wood Products for Forensic Analysis

Source: Research In Progress FPL-RIP-4714-030. Madison, WI: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 2 p.

Author(s): Forest Products Laboratory,

Publication Year: 2016  View PDF »

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Category: Research In Progress

Abstract: Combating illegal logging requires, among many other things, robust laboratory methods for the identification of wood species, origin, and even individual tree or board matching. One of the most promising approaches to meet these needs is the application of DNA-based methods. Scientists around the world are developing powerful sequence databases, extracting DNA from leaves and other DNA-rich plant parts. These databases could revolutionize global capacity to use DNA to identify wood and wood products. The choke-point in the broad utilization is the extraction of sufficient quantity and quality DNA from a wood or wood product, especially in a cost-effective manner in normal molecular biology laboratories.

Keywords: DNA extraction; DNA quality; wood products; illegal logging; wood anatomy; organellar microcapture

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 244 kb(s)

Date posted: 05/13/2016
RITS Product ID: 79183

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