Plants In Trait Analysis (PITA)

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Authors Nicole Diaz; Jordan Holmes
Journal/Conference Name Methods in Ecology and Evolution
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Paper Abstract This project utilizes data found with Environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis, specifically of plant species. This source of DNA serves as a type of genetic marker that can be used to identify specific plant species based on traces of their unique genetic material. By identifying the plant species, ecologists have the ability to monitor biodiversity and practice proper conservation tactics to preserve plant species in a tested area. eDNA of plants can be found in the forms of pollen, spores, scales, etc. in geographic areas of study. For the purposes of this program, the input data is an eDNA / anacapa output table consisting of 149 sample entries. The main purpose of this program is to obtain and organize data about species found within an eDNA / anacapa output table. From there, the program will utilize the TR8 package in the R software to find desired trait data of each species found and format this information into a table. This program is overall used to simplify, identify, and organize trait data pertaining to multiple plant species all in one program.
Date of publication 2019
Code Programming Language Shell

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