Callistopteris apiifolia gametophytes

DNA Barcoding

Callistopteris apiifolia gametophytes

DNA Barcoding

Fern gametophytes, as the sexual phase of the fern lifecycle, are critically important to fern biology. However, due to their small size and simple morphology, the field ecology of fern gametophytes has for the most part been literally overlooked. I am developing methods that use short diagnostic DNA sequences, or “barcodes,” to identify fern gametophytes so that they can be more easily studied in the field.

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Joel Nitta
Postdoctoral Fellow

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Premise of the Study. Ferns and lycophytes are the only extant land plants with two free-living generations (sporophytes and …

Background. DNA barcoding is expected to be an effective identification tool for organisms with heteromorphic generations such as …

The Moorea Biocode seeks to compile an integrative taxonomy based on morphological, ecological, and molecular data for the entire …