Urban Barcode Project Team team Unbeleafable
Program:
Urban Barcode Project
Year:
2017-18
Research Topic:
Biodiversity & trade
Taxonomic Group Studied:
Plants

Project:

Title: It’s UnbeLEAFable: Biodiversity Study of Invasive and Native Plant Species in Tenafly Nature Center
Students:
Lauren Aslami, Sabrina Li
School:
Tenafly HS, Other
Mentors:
anat firnberg

Abstract:

At the Tenafly Nature Center, invasive species have dominated the pathways and trails. According to Debra Davidson, invasive species originally start growing along cleared pathways, where native species no longer grow. In these cleared areas, invasive species thrive and expand. After covering the pathways and clear patches, invasive species start engulfing the areas with native species. They slowly expand until they cover the area. Through the use of DNA Barcoding and Bioinformatics, we hope to identify the biodiversity of the native and invasive species at Tenafly Nature Center, and to find common segments in the sequences of invasive plants that allow them to dominate over the native plants.

Poster:

DNA Barcoding Poster
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