Printemps 2015

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It’s finally time to share the results for the Spring 2015 School Malaise Trap Program. Let’s begin with some general summary statistics. This spring’s program involved 63 schools in 62 cities, 80 classrooms, and 2,302 students, as well as 5 comparison sites. The trap that your classroom deployed was one of 68 traps that were running from April 20 to May 8. The map below shows all of these collection sites, which include elementary schools, secondary schools, and comparison sites (blue markers).

The 68 traps on average collected 453 specimens for the collecting period. Our staff sorted 61,776  specimens and selected 17,290  to  be barcoded. Our final dataset was made up of 15,199  barcodes (not all  worked and short barcodes were discarded). These barcodes allowed us to determine that an impressive number of 2,968 species were collected over the three week period of the program, 308 of which were brand new to our DNA barcode library. What an important contribution all the classrooms made to the International Barcode of Life project!

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