Urban Barcode Project Team FHHS Team 3
Program:
Urban Barcode Project
Year:
2019-20
Research Topic:
Biodiversity & trade
Taxonomic Group Studied:
Animals: Invertebrate

Project:

Using DNA Barcoding to Study Biodiversity of Insects in Juniper Valley Park
Students:
Sarah Ong, Maximo Babadzhanov
School:
Forest Hills High School, Queens
Mentors:
Lauren Scanlon

Abstract:

DNA Barcoding can be used to uncover a great genetic diversity of plants and animals. DNA barcoding is very specific to genetic diversity compared to species diversity alone and can be used to further specify modern research questions involving species/plant identification and diversities of all living things. Insects are crucial to maintain stability within a healthy ecosystem. Insects provide to the environment by recycling nutrients as a natural decomposer, aerating soil for plants and trees to flourish, and pollinating flowers which provide us with the fruits and seeds we eat and sow. In contemporary society, the environment suffers from irregular and harmful effects from the lack of human action and response. Insects can assist revival in areas of those who have been affected by natural disasters and human disruptive interference. Because of this, it is obvious that having a great diversity of insects is important to a flourishing environment, especially with today’s environment

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