My PhD focuses on the identification of traded medicinal plants and edible orchids from Tanzania. Both the medicinal plants and edible orchids that are used in Tanzania are harvested from the wild.
My PhD focuses on the identification of traded medicinal plants and edible orchids from Tanzania. Both the medicinal plants and edible orchids that are used in Tanzania are harvested from the wild. This can put a serious harvesting pressure on local plant populations. Especially when the use is commercialized and large quantities are extracted from the wild to meet the high demands. During my research I aim to map harvesting and trade in medicinal plants and edible orchids and to look at subsequent conservation issues that might arise from commercialized use and overharvesting. Because most plants are traded in morphological unidentifiable ways I employ DNA barcoding and Next Generation Sequencing to identify which species are used as medicinal plants and edible orchids. Previous projects I have worked on during my Biology Bachelor and Master are identification of specimens from a 17th century ethnobotanical collection from Surinam and species delimitation in a bryophyte species complex using DNA barcoding.
During my PhD I am also involved in supervising student projects and teaching on both BSc and MSc level. Courses on which I have been assisting are: Floristics and faunistics, Functional Genomics, Plant evolution and diversity, Plant Physiology, Plant Structure and Function, Organismal evolution and diversity.
Tags: Botany , Ethnobotany , Orchidaceae , Plant DNA barcoding , Medical entomology , DNA barcoding , Metabarcoding , Conservation , Historical ethnobotany , Plant systematics , Molecular identification , Ion-Torrent PGM , Medicinal plants
Sarina Veldman , Stech, M., Larrain, J., Muñoz, J., Quandt, D., Hassel, K., Kruijer, H.PLoS ONE 8(1): e53134. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053134
Sarina Veldman , van Andel, T., Maas, P., Thijsse, G., Eurlings, M.Taxon 61: 1296-1304.