Developing molecular tools for pollen metabarcoding in insect pollination ecology

Category: 
Pilot project
Acronym: 
POLBEN
Coordinator: 
Kurt Jordaens
JEMU partner: 
Massimiliano Virgilio and Jessica Ody
Project summary: 
This project aims at optimising wet- and dry-lab pipelines for the identification of pollen recovered from African flower flies and bees. In this respect, our unit is processing samples collected in the framework of ongoing research projects in Benin and Tanzania as well as historical samples from the museum collections of RMCA/RBINS. The pollen recovered from insects sampled in a range of natural and agricultural environments is subjected to DNA extraction, high throughput sequencing and DNA metabarcoding identification using dedicated plant reference libraries. The protocols developed / optimised by this project will facilitate the characterisation of pollinator networks of importance in small-scale crop production in Africa.
Collaborations: 
Nele Mullens (RMCA)
Lab work progress: 
In progress
Starting date: 
2021
Project status: 
In progress
File attachments: 
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith