During the course of her PhD, Jasmin will analyse a set of RAD data (restriction site associated DNA markers) derived from three different birch species. She seeks to identify hybridisation patterns between these species. The samples have been collected all over the UK and are partly from tetraploid plants. Thus, new statistical methods have to be developed as there are only very few tools for the analysis of polyploid data.
The recently sequenced genome of dwarf birch (Betula nana) will serve as a reference sequence for this analysis. To be able to make more accurate comparisons and also look into gene flow between the species, the assembly will be improved by incorporating more data and using new methods.
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