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26 September 2018

New plants on the block ...

29 August 2018

A bucket full of genes: pond water reveals tropical frogs...

09 August 2018

Animals and plants jointly conduct their coexistence...

08 August 2018

Zehn Jahre Senckenberg Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum ...

06 July 2018

Big eyes but diminished brain power: Night-time activity makes its mark on fish brains...

18 June 2018

Brood care gene steers the division of labour among ants...

18 May 2018

Asian tiger mosquito on the move...

03 May 2018

Mückenjagd auf dem Friedhof...

05 April 2018

The blue whale genome reveals the animals' extraordinary evolutionary history ...

21 March 2018

Abrupt Rise in Sea Level Delayed the Transition to Agriculture in Southeastern Europe ...

14 March 2018

Mountains become islands...

07 March 2018

Ant raids: It’s all in the genes...

01 March 2018

Alle Pilze sind schon da: Wenn Bäume den Berg hinauf wandern, warten ihre Pilzpartner bereits auf sie...

06 February 2018

Krank durch Frühjahrsputz?...

05 February 2018

Up to 16 % of Animal and Plant Species are Potential Emigrants...

25 January 2018

Mammals move less in human-modified landscapes ...

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A bucket full of genes: pond water reveals tropical frogs

Frankfurt am Main, 08/29/2018. When a frog jumps into a pond, it inevitably leaves behind traces of its genetic material. Using water samples from the Bolivian lowlands, Senckenberg scientists were now able to demonstrate that the analysis of this so-called environmental DNA allows the reliable identification of the frog species that inhabit a body of water. In their feasibility study, the researchers show that the analysis of environmental DNA can serve as a cost-effective alternative to traditional survey methods in species-rich regions and may speed up the necessary world-wide inventory of biological diversity. The study has just been published in “Molecular Ecology Resources”. 

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