Kew Gardens joins battle against international log smuggling

Kew Gardens is joining the battle against international log smuggling by opening its historic archive of wood samples to inspectors battling the trade. Experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens are sifting through their “unparalleled” library of specimens, some more than 100 years old, to provide enforcement agents with DNA and isotope data on many of the world’s rarest and most endangered plants. The information will allow border officials to identify species of protected wood smuggled amongst legitimately traded logs. Illegal log smuggling is estimated by Interpol… The depth of the information stored at Kew will also enable tests to discern the exact geographical provenance of woods under suspicion.

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