for local citizen science
David Harries is a fungus enthusiast. As part of the Pembrokeshire Fungus Recording Network, he documents and collects fungus fruit bodies. Using Bento Lab, the team extracts fungal DNA from tiny specimen fragments, and isolates and verifies a “barcode” section of the DNA from each sample. Working with a local university, these samples are then sent away for sequencing. The information gained from the DNA sequences, combined with field observations and microscopical characters, contributes to a better understanding of the relationships between fungus collections in Pembrokeshire, UK.