Molecular genetic tool

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In the dense tropical rainforests of Peninsular Malaysia, it is a challenge to study wild elephant ecology and behaviour through direct observation. Fortunately, with the advancement in molecular technologies, we now have the tools to utilise elephant dung for a further understanding of elephant population genetics.  We collect fresh dung samples with anticipation that it will provide beneficial information to monitor the status of elephant populations in the wild. In addition, we are taking a step further in identifying the plants dispersed by elephants using DNA barcoding. DNA barcoding will be done on the seeds and seedlings found in elephant dung to recognise it to the finest taxonomic level possible.