Hugo de Boer

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Research

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.
  • Combining chloroplast genome data and de novo next-gen generated chloroplast genomes, to make more accurate analysis of intra and interspecific genetic variation, with the specific aim of automated species identification
  • 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.

Tags: Biology, Botany, Molecular identification, Plant DNA barcoding, ION-Torrent PGM, Botany Systematics, Orchidaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Ethnobotany, Medicinal plants

Publications

  • Dirks-Mulder, Anita; Butot, Roland; van Schaik, Peter; Wijnands, Jan Willem PM; van den Berg, Roel; Krol, Louie; Doebar, Sadhana; van Kooperen, Kelly; de Boer, Hugo; Kramer, Elena; Smets, Erik F; Vos, Rutger A.; Vrijdaghs, Alexander & Gravendeel, Barbara (2017). Exploring the evolutionary origin of floral organs of Erycina pusilla, an emerging orchid model system. BMC Evolutionary Biology.  ISSN 1471-2148. . doi: 10.1186/s12862-017-0938-7
  • Ghorbani, Abdolbaset; Gravendeel, Barbara; Selliah, Sugirthini; Zarré, Shahin & de Boer, Hugo (2017). DNA barcoding of tuberous Orchidoideae: a resource for identification of orchids used in Salep. Molecular Ecology Resources.  ISSN 1755-098X.  17(2), s 342- 352 . doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12615
  • Ghorbani, Abdolbaset; Saeedi, Yousef & de Boer, Hugo (2017). Unidentifiable by morphology: DNA barcoding of plant material in local markets in Iran. PLoS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203. . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175722
  • Raclariu, Ancuta Cristina; Mocan, Andrei; Popa, Madalina Oana; Vlase, Laurian; Ichim, Mihael Cristi; Crisan, Gianina; Brysting, Anne Krag & de Boer, Hugo (2017). Veronica officinalis product authentication using DNA metabarcoding and HPLC-MS reveals widespread adulteration with Veronica chamaedrys. Frontiers in Pharmacology.  ISSN 1663-9812. . doi: 10.3389/fphar.2017.00378
  • Raclariu, Ancuta Cristina; Paltinean, Ramona; Vlase, Laurian; Labarre, Aurélie; Manzanilla, Vincent; Ichim, Mihael Cristi; Crisan, Gianina; Brysting, Anne Krag & de Boer, Hugo (2017). Comparative authentication of Hypericum perforatum herbal products using DNA metabarcoding, TLC and HPLC-MS. Scientific Reports.  ISSN 2045-2322. . doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-01389-w
  • Schwallier, Rachel M.; Gravendeel, Barbara; de Boer, Hugo; Nylinder, Stephan; van Heuven, Bertie Joan; Sieder, Anton; Sumail, Sukaibin; van Vugt, Rogier R & Lens, Frederic (2017). Evolution of wood anatomical characters in Nepenthes and close relatives of Caryophyllales. Annals of Botany.  ISSN 0305-7364. . doi: 10.1093/aob/mcx010
  • Sher, Hassan; Barkworth, Mary E. & de Boer, Hugo (2017). Medicinal and aromatic plant cultivation in the Swat valley, north-western Pakistan, for economic development and biodiversity conservation. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution.  ISSN 0925-9864.  64(2), s 237- 245 . doi: 10.1007/s10722-015-0346-z
  • Veldman, Sarina; Gravendeel, Barbara; Otieno, Joseph; Lammers, Youri; Duijm, Elza; Nieman, Aline; Bytebier, Benny; Ngugi, Grace; Martos, Florent; van Andel, TR & de Boer, Hugo (2017). High-throughput sequencing of African chikanda cake highlights conservation challenges in orchids. Biodiversity and Conservation.  ISSN 0960-3115. . doi: 10.1007/s10531-017-1343-7
  • Weckerle, Caroline; de Boer, Hugo; Puri, Rajindra K.; van Andel, TR; Bussmann, Rainer & Leonti, Marco (2017). Recommended standards for conducting and reporting ethnopharmacological field studies. Journal of Ethnopharmacology.  ISSN 0378-8741. . doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2017.08.018
  • Kreziou, Anna; de Boer, Hugo & Gravendeel, Barbara (2016). Harvesting of salep orchids in north-western Greece continues to threaten natural populations. Oryx.  ISSN 0030-6053.  50(3), s 393- 396 . doi: 10.1017/S0030605315000265
  • Osathanunkul, Maslin; Suwannapoom, Chatmongkon; Osathanunkul, Kitisak; Madesis, Panagiotis & de Boer, Hugo (2016). Evaluation of DNA barcoding coupled high resolution melting for discrimination of closely related species in phytopharmaceuticals. Phytomedicine.  ISSN 0944-7113.  23(2), s 156- 165 . doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2015.11.018
  • Sher, Hassan; Bussmann, Rainer; Hart, Robbie & de Boer, Hugo (2016). Traditional use of medicinal plants among Kalasha, Ismaeli and Sunni groups in Chitral District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. Journal of Ethnopharmacology.  ISSN 0378-8741.  188, s 57- 69 . doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2016.04.059
  • de Boer, Hugo; Cross, Hugh; de Wilde, Willem J.J.O.; Duyfjes, Brigitta E.E. & Gravendeel, Barbara (2015). Molecular phylogenetic analyses of Cucurbitaceae tribe Benincaseae urge for merging of Pilogyne with Zehneria. Phytotaxa.  ISSN 1179-3155.  236(2), s 173- 183 . doi: 10.11646/phytotaxa.236.2.6
  • de Boer, Hugo; Ichim, Mihael Cristi & Newmaster, Steven (2015). DNA barcoding and pharmacovigilance of herbal medicines. Drug Safety.  ISSN 0114-5916.  38(7), s 611- 620 . doi: 10.1007/s40264-015-0306-8
  • de Boer, Hugo; Steffen, Karin & Cooper, Wendy (2015). Sunda to Sahul dispersals in Trichosanthes (Cucurbitaceae): a dated phylogeny reveals five independent dispersal events to Australasia. Journal of Biogeography.  ISSN 0305-0270.  42(3), s 519- 531 . doi: 10.1111/jbi.12432
  • Merckx, Vincent S.F.T.; Hendriks, Kasper P.; Beentjes, Kevin K.; Mennes, Constantijn B.; Becking, Leontine E.; Peijnenburg, Katja T.C.A.; Afendy, Aqilah; Arumugam, Nivaarani; de Boer, Hugo; Biun, Alim; Buang, Matsain M.; Chen, Ping-Ping; Chung, Arthur Y.C.; Dow, Rory; Feijen, Frida A.A.; Feijen, Hans; Feijen-Van Soest, Cobi; Geml, József; Geurts, Rene; Gravendeel, Barbara; Hovenkamp, Peter; Imbun, Paul; Ipor, Isa; Janssens, Steven B.; Jocqué, Merlijn; Kappes, Heike; Khoo, Eyen; Koomen, Peter; Lens, Frederic; Majapun, Richard J.; Morgado, Luis N.; Neupane, Suman; Nieser, Nico; Pereira, Joan T.; Rahman, Homathevi; Sabran, Suzana; Sawang, Anati; Schwallier, Rachel M.; Shim, Phyau-Soon; Smit, Harry; Sol, Nicolien; Spait, Maipul; Stech, Michael; Stokvis, Frank; Sugau, John B.; Suleiman, Monica; Sumail, Sukaibin; Thomas, Daniel C.; Van Tol, Jan; Tuh, Fred Y.Y.; Yahya, Bakhtiar E.; Nais, Jamili; Repin, Rimi; Lakim, Maklarin & Schilthuizen, Menno (2015). Evolution of endemism on a young tropical mountain. Nature.  ISSN 0028-0836.  524(7565), s 347- 350 . doi: 10.1038/nature14949
  • Osathanunkul, Maslin; Madesis, Panagiotis & de Boer, Hugo (2015). Bar-HRM for Authentication of Plant-Based Medicines: Evaluation of Three Medicinal Products Derived from Acanthaceae Species. PLoS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203. . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128476
  • Osathanunkul, Maslin; Suwannapoom, Chatmongkon; Ounjai, Sarawut; Rora, Jantarika A; Madesis, Panagiotis & de Boer, Hugo (2015). Refining DNA Barcoding Coupled High Resolution Melting for Discrimination of 12 Closely Related Croton Species. PLoS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  10(9) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138888
  • Otieno, Joseph; Abihudi, Siri; Veldman, Sarina; Nahashon, Michael; van Andel, Tinde & de Boer, Hugo (2015). Vernacular dominance in folk taxonomy: a case study of ethnospecies in medicinal plant trade in Tanzania. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine.  ISSN 1746-4269.  11 . doi: 10.1186/1746-4269-11-10
  • Schwallier, Rachel; de Boer, Hugo; Visser, Natasja; van Vugt, Rogier R & Gravendeel, Barbara (2015). Traps as treats: a traditional sticky rice snack persisting in rapidly changing Asian kitchens. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine.  ISSN 1746-4269.  11(23) . doi: 10.1186/s13002-015-0010-x
  • Schwallier, Rachel; Raes, Niels; de Boer, Hugo; Vos, Rutger A.; van Vugt, Rogier R & Gravendeel, Barbara (2015). Phylogenetic analysis of niche divergence reveals distinct evolutionary histories and climate change implications for tropical carnivorous pitcher plants. Diversity & distributions: A journal of biological invasions and biodiversity.  ISSN 1366-9516. . doi: 10.1111/ddi.12382
  • Sher, Hassan; Aldosari, Ali; Ali, Ahmad & de Boer, Hugo (2015). Indigenous knowledge of folk medicines among tribal minorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwestern Pakistan. Journal of Ethnopharmacology.  ISSN 0378-8741.  166, s 157- 167 . doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2015.03.022
  • de Boer, Hugo & Cotingting, Crystle (2014). Medicinal plants for women's healthcare in southeast Asia: A meta-analysis of their traditional use, chemical constituents, and pharmacology. Journal of Ethnopharmacology.  ISSN 0378-8741.  151(2), s 747- 767 . doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2013.11.030
  • de Boer, Hugo; Ourghidi, Abderrahim; Martin, Gary; Abbad, Abdelaziz & Kool, Anneleen (2014). DNA Barcoding Reveals Limited Accuracy of Identifications Based on Folk Taxonomy. PLoS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  9(1) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084291
  • Ghorbani, Abdolbaset; Gravendeel, Barbara; Zarre, Shanin & de Boer, Hugo (2014). Illegal wild collection and international trade of CITES-listed terrestrial orchid tubers in Iran. Traffic Bulletin.  ISSN 0267-4297.  26(2), s 52- 58
  • Ghorbani, Abdolbaset; Naghibi, Farzaneh; Gravendeel, Barbara & de Boer, Hugo (2014). Wild orchid tuber collection in Iran: A wake-up call for conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation.  ISSN 0960-3115.  23(11), s 2749- 2760 . doi: 10.1007/s10531-014-0746-y
  • Käfer, Jos; de Boer, Hugo; Mousset, Sylvain; Kool, Anneleen; Dufay, Mathilde & Gabriel, Marais (2014). Dioecy is associated with higher diversification rates in flowering plants. Journal of Evolutionary Biology.  ISSN 1010-061X.  27(7), s 1478- 1490 . doi: 10.1111/jeb.12385
  • Sher, Hassan; Aldosari, Ali; Ali, Ahmad & de Boer, Hugo (2014). Economic benefits of high value medicinal plants to Pakistani communities: An analysis of current practice and potential. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine.  ISSN 1746-4269.  10(1) . doi: 10.1186/1746-4269-10-71
  • Towns, Alexandra; Quiroz, Diana; Guinee, Lieke; de Boer, Hugo & van Andel, Tinde (2014). Volume, value and floristic diversity of Gabon's medicinal plant markets. Journal of Ethnopharmacology.  ISSN 0378-8741.  155(2), s 1184- 1193 . doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2014.06.052
  • van Andel, Tinde; de Boer, Hugo; Vandebroek, Ina & Barnes, Joanne (2014). Medicinal plants used for menstrual disorders in Latin America, the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia and their uterine properties: a review. Journal of Ethnopharmacology.  ISSN 0378-8741.  155(2), s 992- 1000 . doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2014.06.049
  • Veldman, Sarina; Otieno, Joseph; Gravendeel, Barbara; van Andel, Tinde & de Boer, Hugo (2014). Conservation of Endangered Wild Harvested Medicinal Plants: Use of DNA Barcoding, In Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (ed.),  Novel Plant Bioresources: Applications in Food, Medicine and Cosmetics.  Wiley-Blackwell.  ISBN 9781118460610.  6.  s 81 - 88
  • Veldman, Sarina; Otieno, Joseph; van Andel, Tinde; Gravendeel, Barbara & de Boer, Hugo (2014). Efforts urged to tackle thriving illegal orchid trade in Tanzania and Zambia for chikanda production. Traffic Bulletin.  ISSN 0267-4297.  26(2), s 47- 50
  • Kunwar, Bimal; Subedi, Abishkar; Choi, Young; Dai, Yuntao; van Andel, Tinde; Chaudhary, Ram P; de Boer, Hugo & Gravendeel, Barbara (2013). Collection and trade of wild-harvested orchids in Nepal. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine.  ISSN 1746-4269.

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  • Nielsen, Anders; Fossen, Torgils; Gjershaug, Jan Ove; Velle, Gaute; Ødegaard, Frode; Wendell, Micael; de Boer, Hugo; Hindar, Kjetil; Kirkendall, Lawrence R.; Nagy, Nina Elisabeth; Rueness, Eli Knispel; Sandlund, Odd Terje; Sjøtun, Kjersti; Stenøien, Hans K. & Vandvik, Vigdis (2017). Assessment of the potential connection between Tilia trees and bumblebee Death. Opinion of the Panel on Alien organisms and trade in endangered species (CITES) of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety .
  • Rueness, Eli Knispel; Cadahia-Lorenzo, Luis; Hoel, Kristian; Søderquist, Pär; Velle, Gaute; Asmyhr, Maria Gulbrandsen; de Boer, Hugo; Gjershaug, Jan Ove; Hindar, Kjetil; Kirkendall, Lawrence R.; Nagy, Nina Elisabeth; Nielsen, Anders; Sandlund, Odd Terje; Sjøtun, Kjersti; Stenøien, Hans K. & Vandvik, Vigdis (2017). Assessment of the risks associated with the import and release of hand-reared mallards for hunting purposes. Opinion of the Panel on Alien Organisms and Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety .
  • Kool, Anneleen; de Boer, Hugo; Wieringa, Jan & Ghorbani, Abdolbaset (2016, 16. september). Making Biodiversity Accessible in Tajikistan . [Internett].  Science Nordic Blog.
  • Schwallier, Rachel M.; Raes, Niels; de Boer, Hugo; Vos, Rutger A.; van Vugt, Rogier & Gravendeel, Barbara (2016). Ecological niche divergence in carnivorous pitcher plants. GBIF Science Review.
  • de Boer, Hugo (2015, 01. mars). Trade in illegally harvested tubers threatens wild orchids in Iran. [Tidsskrift].  The Orchid Review.
  • de Boer, Hugo & Christensen, Arnfinn (2015, 25. august). En vulkan av liv . [Internett].  forskning.no.
  • de Boer, Hugo & Helleve, Torstein (2015, 06. november). DNA-prøvar kan avsløre falsk urtemedisin. [Internett].  forskning.no.
  • de Boer, Hugo & Helleve, Torstein (2015, 15. juni). Hunting for traditional food in social media . [Internett].  ScienceNordic.
  • de Boer, Hugo & Helleve, Torstein (2015, 10. juni). Jaktar tradisjonell mat i sosiale medium . [Internett].  forskning.no.
  • Ghorbani, Abdolbaset; Saeedi, Yousef & de Boer, Hugo (2015). DNA barcoding in ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology: identifying medicinal plants traded in local markets. Genome.  ISSN 0831-2796.  58(5), s 220- 220
  • Raclariu, Ancuta Cristina; Ichim, Mihael Cristi & de Boer, Hugo (2015). Metabarcoding of European Complex Herbal Food Supplements. iBOL Barcode Bulletin.  6(2)
  • van Andel, Tinde; Towns, Alexandra & de Boer, Hugo (2015). Gynaecological, Andrological and Urological Problems: An Ethnopharmacological Perspective, In Michael Heinrich & Anna K. Jäger (ed.),  Ethnopharmacology.  Wiley-Blackwell.  ISBN 978-1-118-93074-8.  18.  s 197 - 210
  • de Boer, Hugo & Kool, Anneleen (2014). Identifying Medicinal Plant Roots in Trade: DNA barcoding in Morocco. iBOL Barcode Bulletin.  5, s 3
  • Gato-Calvo, Lucia; Vierna, Joaquin & de Boer, Hugo (2014). Barcoding the Trendy Sweetener Stevia. iBOL Barcode Bulletin.  6, s 6- 7
  • Veldman, S; de Boer, Hugo; Otieno, Joseph & Gravendeel, Barbara (2014). Species Assessment in African Orchid Cake. iBOL Barcode Bulletin.  6, s 10- 11

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