From the inbox – metabarcoding course in Russia

International course in DNA Metabarcoding: Part 1 – Field collecting and Molecular laboratory.Tromsø Museum (University of Tromsø, Norway), Forest Research Institute, Karelian Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences (Petrozavodsk, Russia), ForBio (Research School in Biosystematics), and SIU (Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education) jointly offer an International Course in DNA Metabarcoding. The course will link its teaching program to the current research projects at the partner institutes to strengthen the connection between education and cutting…

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From the inbox – metabarcoding course in Russia

International course in DNA Metabarcoding: Part 1 – Field collecting and Molecular laboratory.Tromsø Museum (University of Tromsø, Norway), Forest Research Institute, Karelian Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences (Petrozavodsk, Russia), ForBio (Research School in Biosystematics), and SIU (Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education) jointly offer an International Course in DNA Metabarcoding. The course will link its teaching program to the current research projects at the partner institutes to strengthen the connection between education and cutting…

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From the inbox

Online questionnaire on the openness and ethics of data in life sciencesDear colleague,I need your help.I am doing a study with my colleague Dimitris Damalas on the openness and ethics of data in life sciences. Thus we have prepared an online questionnaireThe objective of this questionnaire is to gain a better understanding of what researchers think on sharing and archiving, as well as barriers to the sharing and archiving of research data. The results of…

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From the inbox

Online questionnaire on the openness and ethics of data in life sciencesDear colleague,I need your help.I am doing a study with my colleague Dimitris Damalas on the openness and ethics of data in life sciences. Thus we have prepared an online questionnaireThe objective of this questionnaire is to gain a better understanding of what researchers think on sharing and archiving, as well as barriers to the sharing and archiving of research data. The results of…

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Last chance – submit your abstract today

TODAY THE ABSTRACT DEADLINE ENDSThe African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB), the University of  Johannesburg (UJ), International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL), and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) are proud to announce and welcome delegates to our hosting of the 7th International Barcode of Life Conference, 20 – 24 November 2017. This is the first time that this event will be held on the African continent. The venue for the hosting of this prestigious…

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A new silky ant: Sericomyrmex radioheadi

Credit: Ana JešovnikThe ants of the genus Sericomyrmex -- literally translated as 'silky ants' -- belong to the fungus-farming ants, a group of ants that have figured out how to farm their own food. The silky ants are the less well-known relatives of the famous leaf-cutter ants.At only four million years, Sericomyrmex is an evolutionary youngster, the most recently evolved genus of fungus-farming ants, and an example of adaptive radiation which is a process in…

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A new silky ant: Sericomyrmex radioheadi

Credit: Ana JešovnikThe ants of the genus Sericomyrmex -- literally translated as 'silky ants' -- belong to the fungus-farming ants, a group of ants that have figured out how to farm their own food. The silky ants are the less well-known relatives of the famous leaf-cutter ants.At only four million years, Sericomyrmex is an evolutionary youngster, the most recently evolved genus of fungus-farming ants, and an example of adaptive radiation which is a process in…

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Tuesday reads

Happy DNA Day! Has been a little while since the last post but I have been busy with a lot of different tasks and working myself into new projects. Here is hope that things will go back to normal slowly. Lots of interesting reads today starting with two of my own.The School Malaise Trap Program: Coupling educational outreach with scientific discoveryThe School Malaise Trap Program (SMTP) provides a technologically sophisticated and scientifically relevant educational experience…

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From the inbox: Postdoc @ Kartzinel Lab at Brown

Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environment and Society: Molecular Ecology/Conservation BiologyLocation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USAPosition Description: The Kartzinel Lab at Brown University is seeking a postdoctoral research associate in molecular ecology and conservation biology to collaborate on studies of the ecology and evolution of animal diets, especially in African savannas (http://www.kartzinellab.com/). The postdoctoral project will emphasize conceptual and analytical…

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Metabarcoding and Metagenomics journal

Not too long ago I posted a call for participation at a questionnaire which solicited feedback and suggestions for a new open access journal focusing on metabarcoding and metagenomics. Today, just a few months later the journal out in the open and ready for submission:Metabarcoding and Metagenomics (MBMG) is an innovative open access journal which facilitates the publication of articles on metabarcoding and metagenomics both in basic and applied context. The journal welcomes submissions representing…

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