African Centre for DNA Barcoding

Welcome to the African Centre for DNA Barcoding

The African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB) is a division of the department of Botany & Plant Biotechnology within the Faculty of Science at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Formally established in 2010, this centre aims to remain at the forefront of research on DNA barcoding and its applicability to biosecurity, surveillance and biodiversity surveys in Africa.

MISSION

The mission of the African Centre for DNA Barcoding is to fill the knowledge gap and strengthen research frameworks for international, regional and inter-institutional co-operation in Africa, especially within the modern field of DNA technology for biodiversity science – such as DNA barcoding.

Research Focus Areas

Plant Molecular Systematics
Authentication of Medicinal and Herbal Products
Invasive and Alien Species
Wildlife Crime
DNA Barcoding

CURRENT PROGRESS

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Meet the Staff

Michelle van der Bank
Michelle van der Bank
Professor in Botany and Director of the African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB)
Michelle uses molecular phylogenetics, comparative analyses and fieldwork to address questions relevant to biodiversity conservation in Africa.
Ryan David Rattray
Ryan David Rattray
ryanr@uj.ac.za
The quality control conundrum: Using DNA Barcoding and chemical profiling for Authenticating Pelargonium Species Used in Commercial Herbal...
Ronny Kabongo
Ronny Kabongo
ronnym@uj.ac.za
Phylogenetic analysis of the origin and assembly of forbs in South African grassy biomes

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