Optimization of DNA barcodes for fruit flies

Pilot project
Massimiliano Virgilio (RMCA/RBINS)
JEMU partner: 
Jeroen Van Houdt, Floris C. Breman
Project summary: 
The use of natural history specimens to produce DNA barcodes is hampered by a number of conditions not directly related to the taxon itself. One of them is the age of the specimens. Currently a project is ongoing to develop DNA barcodes for fruit flies (Diptera, Tephritidae) using dry pinned specimens from natural history collections to a large extent.
Lab work progress: 
Data analysis: 
Starting date: 
1st January 2008
Project status: 

Peer-reviewed paper
Van Houdt, J.K.J., Breman, F.C., Virgilio, M. & De Meyer, M. 2010. Recovering full DNA barcodes from natural history collections of Tephritid fruitflies (Tephritidae, Diptera) using mini barcodes. – Molecular Ecology Resources 10: 459-465.
[IF: 1.631]

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith