Molecular Project

This investigation attempts to differentiate among three species of Polytrichopsida, namely Polytrichum formosum, Polytrichum strictum and Polytrichum longisetum, in terms of their genetic sequences. This applies the molecular tool of DNA barcoding which identifies species using  a specific gene in the organism’s DNA. The gene of focus in this experiment is the chloroplast gene rbcl, or the ribulose-bisphosphate carboxylase gene, and is known for its good discriminating capacity…..more info!

Many thanks to Ying Chang (far left) and Liane Chen (far right) for supervising this project.