Editor’s pickResearchers develop new DNA database to reduce deforestation in Amazon
Scientists at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) and the Center for Natural Biodiversity in the Netherlands are coming up with a DNA database of trees found in the Amazon region.
“The DNA-mark” project is also launched in partnership with other institutions. It will consolidate information on Amazonian species and present it on an interactive database, made accessible to scientists around the world. The database will help environmentalists develop strategies for the preservation and sustainable use of forests.
Brazil committed to zero deforestation by 2030 and cataloging the genetic material of tree species is an important tool in this process.