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Taxonomic fellowship to support the National Pollinator Strategy - PH0521

Description
This project will support a post doctoral fellowship who will gain skills in taxonomic classification of insect pollinators. The fellow will be based at Imperial College who have formal links with the Natural History Museum (NHM). NHM will contribute funds in terms of consumables and also expertise with respect to museum staff with expertise in insect taxonomy and who manage the collections held by the NHM.
Objective
The objectives will cover both traditional and high-throughput molecular identifications, with focus on monitoring species-rich Hymenoptera pollinator communities.
- to select a set of species for DNA sequencing (barcoding), after careful morphological identification, as a reference for monitoring
- to extract DNA from the IPI collection housed at the NHM, to test its utility for PCR amplification and other molecular procedures
- to initiate a research programme centred around the IPI collection, initially by seeking funds for a PhD project under one of the Doctoral Training Programmes (DTP) linked to the NHM
- to develop metabarcoding techniques for analysis of mixed multispecies samples
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2015

To: 2018

Cost: £77,147
Contractor / Funded Organisations
The Natural History Museum
Keywords
Biodiversity              
Invertebrates              
Pollination              
Fields of Study
Plant Health