Colloquium Alfried Vogler: Metagenomics in taxonomy and biodiversity research

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Taxonomy and systematics provide an ever more complete knowledge of species diversity on Earth. However, this ongoing effort has been slow, and it is frequently divorced from its ultimate uses, e.g. in ecological and biodiversity research that relies on taxonomic identifications and evolutionary history. High-throughput DNA sequencing of specimen mixtures potentially can accelerate the taxonomic endeavour, by shotgun sequencing from specimen that readily produce mitochondrial genome sequences usable for tree building. The talk will also outline how these large datasets are eventually used for biodiversity discovery and the study of broader biodiversity patterns, for an increasingly dense sampling and evolutionary understanding of the world’s biome.

The colloquium is open to all, and registration is not needed.