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Generating Plant DNA Barcodes for Trees in Long-Term Forest Dynamics Plots

  • W. John KressEmail author
  • Ida C. Lopez
  • David L. Erickson
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 858)


Long-term forest dynamics plots, such as those maintained and coordinated by the Center for Tropical Forest Science and Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatories (CTFS/SIGEO), are a rich source of biological data that describe the demographics, ecology, and evolution of pristine and disturbed forest habitats across ecosystems. As molecular techniques for plant systematic and ecological studies, including DNA barcodes, have improved so have the methods for collecting tissue samples, generating DNA sequences, and managing genetic data. Tissue samples can be processed at the point of collection and stored in silica gel for extended periods of time or samples can be taken from historical museum collections with sufficient DNA yields for study. In this chapter, we provide a workflow that includes the tracking of data from field collection of tissue samples to the DNA barcode sequence laboratory to final analyses for forensic and phylogenetic investigations.

Key words

DNA barcode Phylogenetics SIGEO Community ecology Forensics Conservation 



We thank Stuart Davies, Oris Sanjur, Eldredge Bermingham, and Nathan Swenson for help in developing the methodologies described here, and the Smithsonian Institution and CTFS provided funding support


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. John Kress
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ida C. Lopez
    • 1
  • David L. Erickson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanySmithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural HistoryWashingtonUSA

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