The Danish Taxonomic Facility (DK-TAF) is a large infrastructure consisting of collections, expertise and equipment for the advanced study of biosystematics/taxonomy and earth sciences.

DK TAF comprises five components, all part of the University of Copenhagen:

  • Natural History Museum of Denmark, Faculty of Science (NHMD)
  • Department of Biology, Faculty of Science (DB)
  • Department of Ecology & Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences (DEPB)
  • Mandahl-Barth Centre for Biodiversity and Health, DBL – Centre for Health Research and Development, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Laboratory of Biological Anthropology, Faculty of Health Sciences

NHMD houses the Danish Centre for bird ringing, as well as the herbarium, and is a member of Geocentre Copenhagen. The dual role of NHMD as university institute and national museum is rare in Europe and offers optimal conditions for collaboration with other university institutes. DB houses the Scandinavian Culture Centre for Algae and Protozoa. DEPB houses the CP herbarium.

DK TAF research highlights

The research community at DK TAF is highly productive. Over 160 peer-reviewed papers were generated in 2006/2007. DK TAF User research highlights include:

  • Afromontane forest birds, historical population structure and speciation based on ca. 10.000 tissue samples
  • Asian origin and rapid global spread of the destructive dry rot fungus Serpula lacrymans
  • Bird-ringing atlas for Denmark. A detailed analysis of all Danish bird-ringing data
  • Several new cryptic bird species described, based on DNA studies
  • Cryptic coral reef fishes, 80 new species of the family Bythiidae described
  • Fish remains assemblages from archaeological sites as indicators of climate change effects on the fish fauna
  • Hormone induced metamorphosis of the Crustacea Facetotecta: First step towards a complete life cycle of an enigmatic marine taxon
  • Jurassic terrestrial palaeoclimate in the Arctic, reconstruction based on the rediscovery of an exceptional wood flora
  • Mass occurrences of large-sized sponges in the northeast Atlantic, distribution and species composition
  • Orchid flowers, molecular development and evolution
  • Surviving the end Ordovician extinctions: Early Silurian recovery based on faunas from Baltoscandia, the East Baltic and Greenland
  • Tse-tse flies and their relatives, phylogeny and evolution

DK TAF Member Institutions

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University of Copenhagen (UCPH) Copenhagen, Denmark