Borders Forest Trust: Butterflies, bryophytes and barcoding on the Scottish Borders
One of DToL’s most conservation-conscious collaborations is with the Borders Forest Trust, which manages a landscape-scale restoration. This has yielded many arthropods, bryophytes and other species.
Life inside life: Understanding the ‘pandemic’ infecting nearly half of all insect species
As DToL generates genomes for thousands of species, researchers are taking the opportunity to study microbial ‘cobionts’ living alongside and within them, such as Wolbachia bacteria living in insects.
DToL in 2022: First 500 genome assemblies as project creates a buzz
Alongside an impressive milestone for genomes released to public databases, Darwin Tree of Life has hit the airwaves and science festivals in 2022, as epic species collection efforts continue.
The year we built the biggest genome in Britain and Ireland
The sight of mistletoe hanging in trees this winter will be especially poignant for DToL scientists who spent many months finding innovative ways to generate this giant genome.
Biodiversity Genomics event returns for third year, as dynamic new scientific field grows globally
This free and open event brings together international researchers to share breakthroughs, challenges and advances in how we apply genomics to understanding, utilising and protecting life on Earth.
Expert local knowledge helps in the hunt for Britain’s rarest plants
The Lizard in Cornwall is home to some of Britain’s rarest plants. But where do they grow? Darwin Tree of Life got in touch with the local experts.
100 genomes annotated: EMBL-EBI reaches major milestone
EMBL-EBI's researchers highlight their contributions to the Darwin Tree of Life project and how new genome annotations help to further biodiversity research.
Sequencing all life, explained in numbers
What does it mean to sequence the genomes of all life in Britain and Ireland? Perhaps breaking it down by numbers can help explain!
How bioinformatics can crack the complex case of protist biodiversity
Protists have been excruciatingly difficult to study but, thanks to single-cell genomics and bioinformatics underway at the Earlham Institute, we’re finally decoding their abundant biodiversity.
Genomes great and small: The diversity of plants
DToL scientists discuss plans to sequence the DNA of every plant species in Britain and Ireland, the diversity of plant genomes and the importance of plant science in the face of global challenges.
From pondwater to single cells: 5 tricks for finding protists in the lab
Having transported many litres of pondwater to the lab, here's how our scientists find and isolate the single-celled organisms we want from all the other lifeforms and debris in their water samples.
Darwin Tree of Life in 2021: Tireless fieldwork and the first beautiful genomes
After pandemic setbacks in 2020, this year saw thousands of samples collected, over 200 genomes assembled, and DToL's first Genome Notes published. We’re ready for 2022!
Priest Pot: A seldom-studied protist paradise
Scientists hadn’t surveyed the microscopic creatures in this cut-off Cumbrian pond for a decade. DToL plunged in to sample its genomic riches.
Snail hunting in the dark sea caves of Wales
Guided by intrepid snail experts, the DToL team at the Marine Biological Association ventured into Pembrokeshire’s sea caves, collecting - and even naming - several tiny marine species.
Biodiversity Genomics 2021: sequencing genomes across the planet
The second annual Biodiversity Genomics meeting (Sep 27-Oct 1) will connect scientists from the tundra to the tropics, all focused on unlocking the genomic secrets of life on Earth
A Living Treasure of Protist Diversity
CCAP, based near Oban, is helping DToL collect and isolate different strains of algae and protozoa. But most of team's time is taken up maintaining the 3000-plus strains kept in their public collection
New Tree of Life Gateway launches
We’re excited to announce that the Tree of Life Gateway has now been launched on Wellcome Open Research. Jonathan Threlfall and Mark Blaxter wrote an article on the Wellcome Open Research blog to mark the occasion.
Darwin Tree of Life: looking back on 2020
Despite restrictions, 2020 has been a busy year for the Darwin Tree of Life Project. We take a look at some of this year’s achievements and highlights.
All Things Fun-GAL
Fungi are some of the least known and mysterious organisms on Earth.
International Day of Biodiversity
Biodiversity is at the core of the Darwin Tree of Life (DToL) project, and today (May 22nd) marks the Convention on Biological Diversity’s International Day of Biodiversity.
The Darwin Tree of Life Project and the COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health measures mean that all of the institutions that are partners in the Darwin Tree of Life project have closed their physical doors, with staff working from home.
A Moth in the Tree of Life at Sanger
The life of a sample at the Tree of Life labs at the Wellcome Sanger Institute starts with an email forewarning us