Wytham Woods: A bug hunt to transform biology
As DToL's first Genome Observatory, this diverse woodland outside Oxford supplies thousands of arthropods for genome sequencing. Scientists at Wytham then use this data to probe ecological puzzles.
Broad appeal: DToL’s DNA Barcoding inspires citizen science in Hertfordshire
Following successful ‘Barcoding the Broads’ workshops at the Earlham Institute in Norfolk, DToL public engagement funding now supports a partner project for budding genomicists in a second county.
Fungal forays into Wheatfen
DToL teams will need help finding over 17,000 fungi species in Britain and Ireland. Training local naturalists how to DNA barcode is providing one innovative solution in Norfolk.
Little Sparta: From a single tree to a BioBlitz
Darwin Tree of Life, ‘citizen scientists’ and pupils with a predilection for pondlife came together to sample the biodiversity at a Scottish site where nature has returned in force.
Discover the Darwin Tree of Life project at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition
Our landmark project to sequence the genomes of all 70,000 species of eukaryotic organisms in Britain and Ireland will be on show this summer at one of the largest free science festivals in the UK.
9 species our scientists are excited about sequencing in 2022
Before a new season of collecting begins in spring, our field teams reflect on some of the fascinating species sent for genome sequencing last year which they are particularly excited to study.
Thistle the red deer: Abandoned exile, TV star, reference genome
The ‘celebrity’ hind that provided blood samples for our genome sequence hails from a historic research project on Rum, has starred in TV films, wowed school children, and sometimes sleeps on a bed.
Barcoding the Broads: explore the biodiversity on your doorstep
The Earlham Institute launches its first in-person DNA barcoding training, to help connect people to Norfolk’s nature, and give local naturalists new tools to identify the organisms they study.
Blazing the apple trail in Edinburgh
The secrets of apple evolution were revealed at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's Harvest Festival - plus our work sequencing genomes of the wild crabapple and its domestic descendants.
Remembering Douglas Boyes
An expert in moth identification and ecology, Doug’s knowledge, energy and generosity will be missed by us all greatly.
School Fly Trap: Students find world's smallest wasp in their playground
The children were extremely excited to open their malaise traps and find several hundred flying insects, representing at least 100 species.
How one DToL scientist raised four robin chicks
The pressures of managing deliveries of organism samples to the Sanger Institute didn't prepare Radka Platte for avian motherhood.
Sequencing the earthworms of Wytham Woods
What is it like collecting specimens in the field for DToL? Earthworm specialist Keiron Derek Brown describes his experience and the results of a trip to Wytham Woods.
Ringlet butterfly and our project's youngest collector
The genome note for the Ringlet butterfly (Aphantopus hyperantus) is now available on Wellcome Open Research
Lichens have a certain reputation…
Many find lichens ‘difficult’. Rebecca Yahr, at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, prefers the term ‘fascinating’, perhaps because she still gets to answer seemingly basic questions with “I don’t know!”
The Weird and Wonderful World of Protists
Sally Warring’s first few months at Earlham Institute have been a little out of the ordinary – especially after arriving in the UK from New York in the midst of an accelerating global pandemic. But for someone who studies an unusual group of organisms called protists, extraordinary is the norm.