Hugo de Boer

Hugo de Boer

I work with molecular identification of processed plant products in trade, specifically of medicinal plant species susceptible to adulteration, overharvested and endangered taxa, and monitoring of cross-border trade in CITES-listed species.

Plant identification using molecular barcoding has a huge potential for biodiversity, conservation, and monitoring of trade in plant genetic resources for pharmaceutical manufacturing, horticulture and tropical timber trade. DNA barcoding as a method has been embraced in science, especially for identification of animals and fungi. In recent years, researchers have successfully shown the power and accuracy of DNA barcoding by creating molecular identification systems for various purposes, such as the identification of cryptic species, species adulteration in marine food products, tracing illegal ivory trade, and assessing tropical forest diversity.

Plant barcoding has lagged in absence of a suitable single identification marker, and quality trade-offs of the various other proposed markers. Furthermore, accurate species identification requires a clear definition of intraspecific variation versus interspecific variation, which is also known as the barcoding gap. The presence or absence of a barcoding gap has been disputed, but ultimately a practical approach needs to be adopted to enable widespread use of plant DNA barcoding. Previous research has focused on the use of two or more molecular markers for DNA barcoding, but the advent of high throughput sequencing allows a genomic approach to DNA barcoding using full chloroplast genomes. In addition, target-enrichment methods allow amplification of genetic data from degraded material, such as herbarium collections, traded and processed material and forensic traces, which in turn reduces the need to rely on short molecular markers.

Research in my group focuses on:

  • Molecular identification of processed plant products in trade, specifically of medicinal plant species susceptible to adulteration, overharvested and endangered taxa, and monitoring of cross-border trade in CITES-listed species.

  • Development of specific target-enrichment methods for efficient generation of genetic data from degraded material, such as herbarium collections, and traded and processed material.

These technological and methodological advances may help unlock the huge potential for accurate plant identification using molecular tools to support vital public policies and tasks, such as conserving biodiversity, monitoring trade in plant genetic resources for pharmaceutical manufacturing, horticulture and tropical timber industries, and the enforcement of the CBD Nagoya protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing.

My other websites

University of Oslo

http://www.nhm.uio.no/english/about/organization/research-collections/people/hugode/

Uppsala University

http://katalog.uu.se/profile/?id=N4-836

Naturalis Biodiversity Center

https://science.naturalis.nl/en/people/scientists/hugo-de-boer/

 

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Tags: Botany , Plant DNA barcoding , Orchidaceae , Cucurbitaceae , Wildlife forensics , ForBio , Phylogenetics , Biodiversity , Biogeography , Bioinformatics , Phylogenetic comparative methods , DNA barcoding , Metabarcoding , Ethnobotany , Plant systematics , Molecular identification , Ion-Torrent PGM , Medicinal plants , Molecular authentication

Publications


2015

Evolution of endemism on a young tropical mountain.

Hugo de Boer , Vincent SFT Merckx, Kasper P Hendriks, Kevin K Beentjes, Constantijn B Mennes, Leontine E Becking,  Menno Schilthuizen.

Nature 524: 347-350

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Medicinal plants used for menstrual disorders in developing countries and their uterine properties.

Hugo de Boer , Van Andel, T., Towns, A.

In: Heinrich, M., Jäger, A. Ethnopharmacology – a Reader. Wiley & Sons.

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Indigenous knowledge of folk medicines among tribal women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwestern Pakistan.

Hugo de Boer , Sher, H., Aldosari, A., Ali, A.,

Journal of Ethnopharmacology 166: 157–167.

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Bar-HRM for authentication of plant-based medicines: evaluation of three medicinal products derived from Acanthaceae species.

Hugo de Boer , Osathanunkul, M., Madesis, P.,

PLoS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0128476.

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Metabarcoding of European Complex Herbal Food Supplements.

Hugo de Boer , Ancuta Cristina Raclariu , Ichim, M.C.

iBOL Barcode Bulletin 6(2): 6-7.

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DNA barcoding in ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology: identifying medicinal plants traded in local market.

Hugo de Boer , Abdolbaset Ghorbani , Saeeidi, Y.,

Genome 58(5): 163-303, 10.1139/gen-2015-0087

Sunda to Sahul dispersals in Trichosanthes (Cucurbitaceae): a dated phylogeny reveals five independent dispersal events to Australasia

Hugo de Boer , Steffen, K., Cooper, W.E.

Journal of Biogeography. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12432

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Harvesting of salep orchids in northwestern Greece continues to threaten natural populations.

Hugo de Boer , Kreziou, A.,  Gravendeel, B.

Oryx [online first] doi:10.1017/S0030605315000265

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Refining DNA barcoding coupled high resolution melting for discrimination of 12 closely related Croton species.Refining DNA barcoding coupled high resolution melting for discrimination of 12 closely related Croton species.

Hugo de Boer , Osathanunkul, M., Suwannapoom, C., Ounjai, S., Rora, J.A., Madesis, P.,

PLoS ONE 10(9): e0138888. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0138888

Traps as treats: a traditional sticky rice snack persisting in rapidly changing Asian kitchens.

Hugo de Boer , Schwallier, R., Visser, N., van Vugt, R.R., Gravendeel, B.

Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 11: 24. doi:10.1186/s13002-015-0010-x

A phyloclimatic analysis of niche divergence in the pitcher plant genus Nepenthes. Diversity and Distributions

Hugo de Boer , Schwallier, R., Raes, N., Vos, R., van Vugt, R., Gravendeel, B


Vernacular dominance in folk taxonomy: A case study of ethnospecies in medicinal plant trade in Tanzania.

Hugo de Boer , Sarina Veldman , Otieno, J.N., Abihudi, S., Veldman, S., Nahashon, M., van Andel, T.R.

Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 11:10. doi:10.1186/1746-4269-11-10

DNA Barcoding and Pharmacovigilance of Herbal Medicines.

Hugo de Boer , Ichim, M.C., Newmaster, S

Drug Safety 38: 611-620.

2014

Illegal wild collection and international trade of CITES-listed terrestrial orchid tubers in Iran.

Hugo de Boer , Abdolbaset Ghorbani , Gravendeel, B., Zarre, S.

TRAFFIC Bulletin 26(2): 42-52

Flourishing trade in African orchids.

Hugo de Boer , Sarina Veldman , Otieno, J.N., van Andel, T., Gravendeel, B.


Economic benefits of high value medicinal plants to Pakistani communities: an analysis of current practice and potential.

Hugo de Boer , Sher, H., Aldosari, A., Ali, A.

Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 2014, 10:71

Volume, value and floristic diversity of Gabon's medicinal plant markets.

Hugo de Boer , Towns, A., Quiroz, D., Guinee, L., van Andel, T

Journal of Ethnopharmacology 155: 1184-1193.

Wild orchid tuber collection in Iran: A wake-up call for conservation.

Hugo de Boer , Abdolbaset Ghorbani , Naghibi, F., Gravendeel, B.,

Biodiversity and Conservation 23: 2749-2760.

Barcoding the Trendy Sweetener Stevia.

Hugo de Boer , Gato-Calvo, L., Vierna, J.

iBOL Barcode Bulletin 5(2): 6-7.

Identifying Medicinal Plant Roots in Trade: DNA barcoding in Morocco.

Hugo de Boer , Kool, A.

iBOL Barcode Bulletin 5(1): 3.

Medicinal use and trade of wild orchids in Nepal.

Hugo de Boer , Subedi, A., Kunwar, B., Choi, Y., Tao, Y., van Andel, T., Chaudhary, R.P., Gravendeel, B.

Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
9:64 doi:10.1186/1746-4269-9-64.

Conservation of endangered wild harvested medicinal plants – Use of DNA barcoding. In: Novel Plant Bioresources: Applications in Food, Medicine and Cosmetics (Edited by A. Gurib-Fakim). Wiley & Sons, London.

Hugo de Boer , Sarina Veldman , Otieno, J.N., Gravendeel, B., Van Andel, T.,

ISBN: 978-1-118-46061-0

Species Assessment in African Orchid Cake.

Hugo de Boer , Sarina Veldman , Otieno, J.N., Gravendeel, B.

iBOL Barcode Bulletin 5(2): 10-11.

Medicinal plants used for menstrual disorders in Latin America, the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia and their uterine properties: a review.

Hugo de Boer , Van Andel, T., Vandebroek, I., Barnes, J.

Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

Transitions to dioecy and the consequences for lineage diversification in plants.

Hugo de Boer , Käfer, J., Mousset, S., Kool, A., Dufay, M., Marais, G.A.B.

Journal of Evolutionary Biology. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12385.

DNA Barcoding Reveals Limited Accuracy of Identifications Based on Folk Taxonomy.

Hugo de Boer , Ouarghidi, A., Abbad, A., Martin, G.J., Kool, A.

PLOS ONE 9 (1), e84291

2012

Evolution and loss of long-fringed petals: A case study using a dated phylogeny of the snake gourds, Trichosanthes (Cucurbitaceae).

Hugo de Boer , Schaefer, H., Thulin, M., Renner, S.

BMC Evolutionary Biology 12:1, 108.

Comparing medicinal plant knowledge using similarity indices: A case of the Brou, Saek and Kry in Lao PDR.

Hugo de Boer , Lamxay, V., Björk, L.

Journal of Ethnopharmacology 141: 481-500.

Species substitution in medicinal roots and possible implications for toxicity in Morocco.

Hugo de Boer , Ouarghidi, A., Powell, B., Abbad, A., Martin, G.

Economic Botany 66: 370-382.

Molecular Identification of Commercialized Medicinal Plants in Southern Morocco.

Hugo de Boer , Kool, A.*, De Boer, H.J.*, Rydberg, A., Kruger, A., Abbad, A., Björk, L., Martin, G.

PLOS ONE 7 (6), e39459 *shared first authors.

Synopsis and infrageneric classification of Trichosanthes (Cucurbitaceae) based on recent molecular phylogenetic data.

Hugo de Boer , Thulin, M.

PhytoKeys 12: 23-33

Nyblivna mödrar rostas i Laos bergsbyar. [rapporterad av Strandberg, H. Ergo ]

Hugo de Boer

(Uppsala studentkårs tidning) 4: 16-17

2011

A taxonomic revision of Trichosanthes L. (Cucurbitaceae) in Australia, including one new species from the Northern Territory.

Hugo de Boer , Cooper, W .E.

Austrobaileya 8: 364–386.

A fly in the ointment: Evaluation of traditional use of plants to repel and kill blowfly larvae in fermented fish.

Hugo de Boer , Vongsombath, V., Käfer, J.

PLOS ONE 6(12): e29521.

Steam sauna and mother roasting in Lao PDR: Evaluation of medicinal properties of essential oils of plant species used in postpartum recovery.

Hugo de Boer , Lamxay, V., Björk, L.

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 11: 128.

Keeping leeches at bay: Field evaluation of plant- derived extracts against terrestrial blood-sucking leeches (Haemadipsidae) in Lao PDR.

Hugo de Boer , Vongsombath, V., Pålsson, K.

Acta Tropica 119: 178-182.

Traditions and plant use during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum recovery by the Kry ethnic group in Lao PDR.

Hugo de Boer , Lamxay, V., Björk, L.

Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 7:14. doi:10.1186/1746-4269-7-14.

Trade and commercialization of herbal medicine in the Qaysari Market, Kurdish Autonomous Region, Iraq.

Hugo de Boer , Mati, E.

Journal of Ethnopharmacology 133: 490-510.

2010

Traditional repellents against haematophagous invertebrates: A comparative study of plants used in 66 villages in Lao PDR.

Hugo de Boer , Vongsombath, C., Pålsson, K., Björk, L., Jaenson, G.T.

Journal of Medical Entomology 47: 400-414.

An assessment of contemporary knowledge on dyeing plant species and natural dye use in Kurdish Autonomous Region, Iraq.

Hugo de Boer , Mati, E.

Economic Botany 64: 149-160 (Cover article).

Local Awareness of Scarcity and Endangerment of Medicinal Plants in Roussenski Lom Natural Park in Northern Bulgaria. In: Pardo-de-Santayana, M., Puri, R.K. (Editors).

Hugo de Boer

Ethnobiology in the New Europe.

2009

African plants as antipathogen agents: Clinical and experimental evidence. In: Watson, R., Preedy, V. The Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine in Clinical Practice.

Hugo de Boer

CABI publishing, Wallingford.

Plants used during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum healthcare in Lao PDR: A comparative study of the Brou, Saek and Kry ethnic groups.

Hugo de Boer , Lamxay, V.

Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 5:25. doi:10.1186/1746-4269-5-25.

2007

Allergic reactions to Pelargonium-derived medicines.

Hugo de Boer , Hagemann, U., Ericsson, J., Meyboom, R.

Drug Safety 30: 677-680.

2006

Botanical Nomenclature in Pharmacovigilance and a Recommendation for Standardisation.

Hugo de Boer , Farah, M., Olsson, S., Bate, J., Lindquist, M., Edwards, R., Simmonds, M.S.J., Leon, C., Thulin, M.

Drug Safety 29: 1023-1029.

Lectotypification of Callicocca ipecacuanha Brot. and neotypification of Cephaelis acuminata H.Karst., with reference to the drug Ipecac.

Hugo de Boer , Thulin, M.

Taxon 54(4): 1080-1082.

Ethnobotanie aan de universiteit van Uppsala.

Hugo de Boer , Kool, A.

Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Fytotherapie 19(2): 11-12.

2005

Farmacovigilantie van fytotherapeutica door het Uppsala Monitoring Centre.

Hugo de Boer , Meyboom, R., Ericsson, J., Farah, M.

Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Fytotherapie 17(4): 2-4.

Anti-fungal and anti- bacterial activity of some herbal remedies from Tanzania.

Hugo de Boer , Kool, A., Broberg, A., Mziray, W., Hedberg, I., Levenfors, J.

Journal of Ethnopharmacology 96: 461-469.

2004

The mitochondrial plasmid pAL2-1 reduces calorie restriction mediated life span extension in the filamentous fungus Podospora anserina.

Hugo de Boer , Maas, M.F.P.M., Debets, A.J.M., Hoekstra, R.F.

Fungal Genetics and Biology 41: 865-871

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