In a project supported by CCW we are using molecular genetics to study the population structure of a new and highly invasive exotic seaweed in Wales. This information can be used to develop strategies to manage this pest.
We are working on DNA barcoding the entire Welsh flora.. This will give us a new tool to investigate why some plants become rare and endangered while others become invasive pests. This is a collaborative EU-funded project in collaboration with the National Botanical Gardens, National Museum and Aberystwyth University.