HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Rogue trees get criminal treatment from scientists.

ROGUE trees are being 'fingered' by gene detectives using a well-known technique to catch criminals.

Scientists at the University of Newcastle, UK, are using DNA fingerprinting to help insurers identify trees that are causing houses to subside.

Often disputes can last for several years, as when two trees of the same kind grow in an area it is very difficult to find out which one is behind the problem. This is because their roots which can grow underneath a house and cause the subsidence may stretch for several metres in different directions.

The scientists have set up a company, Bioprofiles Ltd, to carry out the work. It is believed to be the first company in the UK to offer this service. It will be working for aboriculturalists tree specialists - and building surveyors, as well as insurance companies.

Kirsten Wolff, one of the company's directors, explained how it works:

"Houses built on clay are particularly at risk from subsidence, and more so in times of drought. Tree roots suck water out of the ground, which causes the clay supporting the house to dry out and contract.

"We would typically get involved in a dispute over which tree is responsible for the subsidence, especially when both the householder and his or her neighbour own trees which are equally likely to have roots spreading under the subsiding house. We try to establish which tree is to blame and thus indicate which insurance company should pay out.

"The problem is much easier to solve when there are different trees growing in the area. It's easy to tell the difference between an oak tree root and chestnut tree root, for example. It's when you are faced with trees of the same kind in the same vicinity that the scientists have to step in."

Dr Wolff, Reader in Evolutionary Genetics at Newcastle University's School of Biology, and fellow scientist and company director Dr Marie Hale, begin their work by taking samples from th
'"/>

Contact: Kirsten Wolff
Kirsten.Wolff@ncl.ac.uk
44-0-191-222-5626
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
27-Aug-2002


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Forecasting The El Niño-Driven Ebb And Flow Of A Rogue Mosquito
2. Study: Emission of smog ingredients from trees is increasing rapidly
3. Plumbing trees plumbing reveals their engineering skill
4. An exotic grass kills trees by hijacking their water
5. Duke study disputes idea that trees can relocate quickly in response to climate change
6. Limited climate tracking in European trees despite 10,000 years of postglacial warmth
7. Newfound grasshopper takes to the trees on Konza Prairie
8. Chestnut trees to spread across landscape again, says Purdue scientist
9. Brood X cicadas will cause limited damage to trees, yard plants across eastern U.S.
10. Seeing the forest for the trees: The future of environmental policy lies in interaction
11. Armies of fighting fungi protect chocolate trees

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:11/13/2018)... , ... November 13, 2018 , ... Kenall has enhanced ... and reading light options. These redesigned linear overbed luminaires are equipped with symmetric ambient ... ingress of water and dust. , Intended to be specified in pairs, the MAEC ...
(Date:11/9/2018)... ... November 08, 2018 , ... ... control. Heating blocks, also known as dry bath incubators are used in laboratories ... containers. , For the new heating blocks, Boekel Scientific used the same ...
(Date:11/7/2018)... ... November 07, 2018 , ... uBiome, ... faculty of the Computational Biosciences Program within the Department of Medicine, University of ... and doctors from around the world, Dr. Lozupone will bring to uBiome an ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/11/2018)... ... ... Triple W, an innovator of connected health devices, today announced that it ... ®, the first health tech wearable device for incontinence that monitors how full your ... announcement was made during CES Unveiled New York, an invite-only tech event bringing together ...
(Date:11/7/2018)... ... November 07, 2018 , ... Diversified Technologies, Inc. ... at AzCATI, the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation at ASU. Funded by ... and trials for those involved with algal and predator control applications. , Algae ponds ...
(Date:11/5/2018)... ... November 05, 2018 , ... ... 2Blades’ Transcription Activator Like (TAL) effector code technology for applications in advancing research ... the technology in plants. Since its discovery in 2009, the efficacy of TAL effector-based ...
(Date:10/31/2018)... ... ... a young Labrador retriever. Like most labs, Pippa is energetic, crazy, and fun-loving. ... ligament in her right knee. According to her mom, Kinsley, Pippa was limping constantly ... her heart to see Pippa lie around in pain because it hurt too much to ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: