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The Future of Herbarium Genetics and Genomics

Martin, Michael D. [1].

The future of herbarium genetics & genomics.

To look directly back in recent time at the genomes of plants and their pathogens has obvious potential for fascinating new evolutionary insights. Indeed, rapid advances in next-generation sequencing and the analysis of degraded DNA promise to transform the world’s herbaria into genomic repositories. Although these important genetic resources are apparently under-utilized, the number of publications reporting the recovery and analysis of genetic data from herbarium collections is increasing steadily. We will review some of the technical challenges (both laboratorial and computational) of sequencing DNA from herbarium collections, along with some common solutions. Then we will summarize the state of the field by presenting exciting and creative research that hinges on the successful recovery and analysis of genetic data from herbarium specimens. The topics presented should facilitate a final discussion of the potential of these approaches for researchers in plant genetics to open new veins of research and to save costs, and to increase the value of global herbarium collections.

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1 - University Museum, Department of Natural History, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway

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Presentation Type: Symposium Presentation
Session: SY04, The Future of Herbarium Genetics and Genomics
Location: Chatham Ballroom - B/Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 1st, 2016
Time: 1:30 PM
Number: SY04SUM
Abstract ID:996
Candidate for Awards:None

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