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Dirk Steinke
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Monday reads
New reads, hot of the press. Very diverse spread of application, news and research. Ten years of barcoding at the African Centre for DNA barcoding The African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB) was established in 2005 as part of a global initiative to accurate...

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Reminder: Abstract deadline ends in 10 days
The 7th International Barcode of  Life Conference will be held from November 20 - 24, 2017 at the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Skukuza, located within the heart of African wildlife at Kruger National Park, South Africa.  On March 31st the abstract sub...

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Monday reads
Now back to Monday reads on a Monday. Some new studies for you to catch up. An rbcL Reference Library to Aid in the Identification of Plant Species Mixtures by DNA Metabarcoding Premise of the study: DNA metabarcoding has broad-ranging applications in ecolo...

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A new frog: Pristimantis attenboroughi
Credit: Dr. Edgar Lehr from publication One extraordinarily diverse genus of frogs, Pristimantis , includes 465 recognized species, 131 of them from Peru. The mountainous terrain of the Andes probably led to the evolution of so many different ground-dwellin...

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Monday reads
Monday reads on a Wednesday - just the result of some conference travel. For the same reason there are a few more articles than usual. Interesting reads as always. Environmental DNA metabarcoding reveals primary chemical contaminants in freshwater sediments...

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Metabarcoding to track indoor fungi
Environmental microbes can have both beneficial and harmful effects on health, e.g. bacterial biodiversity is discussed as a factor influencing immuntolerance. This might explain the lower incidence of allergic diseases in children living in rural environme...

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Monday reads
Last Monday was a statutory holiday here so I skipped the post. Now we're back. A couple of interesting reads for your working week. Contrasting morphological and DNA barcode-suggested species boundaries among shallow-water amphipod fauna from the southern ...

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From the inbox
Two symposia are held back-to-back in Uppsala 11-15 Sept, 2017: the 3rd Symposium on Ecological Networks and the 3rd Symposium on Molecular Analysis of Trophic Interactions . Please note that registration is now open . To aim for a program where all attenda...

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A new snail: Gastrocopta sharae
Credit: Dr. Rodrigo B. Salvador from publication The genus Gastrocopta comprises of a number of minute air-breathing land snails. These little animals usually measure less than 2 mm. They are cave-dwelling invertebrates, which in general, receive scarce att...

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Invasions continue
For all groups of organisms on all continents, the number of alien species has increased continuously during the last 200 years. For most groups, even the rate of introduction is highest recently. Barring mammals and fishes, there are no signs of a slow-dow...
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