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Serpico, Anthony [1], Dertien, Joseph [1].

The Saint Xavier University Plant DNA Barcoding Project.

We are developing a pilot program for a small scale barcoding project of the wetlands associated with the Orland Park, Illinois campus of Saint Xavier University. This barcoding project is designed to introduce genomic concepts and techniques at several levels of undergraduate study by integrating data collection and analysis components into the general biology, genetics, botany, and independent research courses taken by students at Saint Xavier University’s Chicago campus. Students will contribute meaningful work while learning how to effectively conduct the steps involved in a barcode project such as sample collection, curation, DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and DNA sequencing. Students will also be introduced to computer based methods such as DNA annotation, bioinformatics, and phylogenetic analyses. This project can potentially become an invaluable program for the science community at Saint Xavier University not only in furthering undergraduate education, but also cataloging and tracking changes in local and regional plant biodiversity. The long term goals of this project include cataloging all vascular plant life found on the Orland Park and Chicago campuses of Saint Xavier University, expanding to regional sampling, tracking changes in this biodiversity, and serving as a baseline for active ecological restoration and the “greening” of Saint Xavier University campuses with natural vegetation.

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1 - Saint Xavier University, Biological Sciences, 3700 W 103rd Street, Chicago, IL, 60655, USA

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Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Grand Salon A - D/Riverside Hilton
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PTE006
Abstract ID:556
Candidate for Awards:None

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