Towards the genomic era in species identification and delimitation

Project description

Strategic research project of the University of Oulu
Focus institute: Kvantum
Faculty: Science

Species underpin all biological research and are important in many other ways for humanity, yet until now we have been unable to efficiently document the vast biodiversity of Earth with available methods. The research will particularly focus, at genomic level, on molecular delimitation of species and clarifying issues caused by DNA barcode sharing between species, deep intraspecific splits in DNA barcodes, introgression and endosymbionts on DNA-based taxonomy. Butterflies and moths, sawflies, spiders and other invertebrates will be used as model groups. As methods, ddRAD sequencing and other NGS techniques will be applied. The project aims at pointing the way ahead towards the genomic era for the scientific field of taxonomy. The project will be conducted in collaboration with a broad international team.

Key words: Species delimitation, species identification, DNA barcoding, ddRAD sequencing, molecular taxonomy, molecular phylogenetics, DNA taxonomy

Project coordinator

University of Oulu


Marko Mutanen

Marko Mutanen

Senior Curator