Southern Africa has the richest temperate flora in the world with more than 24 000 taxa of 368 families, including more than 10% of the world's vascular plant flora on less than 2.5% of the earth's land surface area. Our Bank aims to preserve representative genetic information of the high diversity presented by southern African flora as a resource to be utilized in plant research by current and future generations.
Purpose of the Bank
Its main purpose is to enhance plant taxonomic and evolutionary studies by providing:
Policies have been developed in line with the UN Convention for Biological Diversity. Samples will not be made available for bio-prospecting endeavors or any other commercial application.
Available taxa in the DNA Bank
The UJ DNA Bank currently contains over 12 000 samples either extracted (Doyle and Doyle, 1987) or as desiccated leaves in silica bags. Each sample is vouchered (JRAU or BNRH). To view the samples go to "DNA Bank Database".
Help / Orders or General Queries
The UJ DNA Bank will only release samples under specific conditions to support appropriate research projects. To order DNA material, please print out and complete the Order Form and sign the Agreement, and send both to the Curator: Olivier Maurin. In order to defray a portion of the costs of maintaining, expanding and distributing the collection, a contribution of R120 per sample supplied is requested.
Curator: Michelle van der bank
Molecular Systematics Laboratory
DNA donations are accepted free of charge, to be incorporated into the UJ DNA bank under the following conditions:
Donors wishing to lodge material to benefit the growth of the scientific collection may do so by contacting the curator. The donor of the DNA will be acknowledged in the database.
Citing the database
University of Johannesburg, South Africa, DNA Bank