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Biochemistry Seminar | Dr Lara Shepherd, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Using DNA markers to shed light on Māori agricultural practices and mimicry in Alseuosmia shrubs

In this talk I will discuss two current research projects. We are using DNA sequence data to gain insight into past Māori plant cultivation. We are examining the domestication of a number endemic plants and tracing their subsequent translocations around New Zealand. We are also using environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques, combined with microfossil analyses, to examine Māori agricultural practices at garden sites on the Wairarapa coastline.

Alseuosmia is an endemic genus of small shrubs containing species that appear to mimic unrelated species as well as non-mimics. We have generated ddRAD-seq data to explore the relationships of the forms of Alseuosmia and thus the evolution of mimicry in the genus.

Date Tuesday, 4 June 2019
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Departmental Seminar
LocationBiochemistry Seminar Room 231

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