Who would benefit from Bioprofiles'
Our service will speed up claim processes and court cases and
thus limit litigation costs for the insurance industry. For homeowners it means that an
un-saleable house may become marketable again. Our direct clients are, for
example, arboricultural consultants working for a loss adjuster or an
insurance company. However, lawyers, councils, and private house and
tree owners also benefit from a fast solution.
Why use DNA identification rather than traditional (non-DNA) techniques?
Are there limits to the DNA fingerprinting service?
If there are trees that are clones of each other (for example in the case of
willows) then we cannot narrow it down to one possible tree since two (or
more) trees are identical (like identical twins). If a tree is a graft on a
root stock, then of course the DNA fingerprint of the root is not identical
to the fingerprint of the tree, and DNA analysis is not going to help the
material is the responsibility of the client and we recommend to supply us
with multiple samples, for example from more than one trial pit
What is the likely cost?
The costs depend a lot on the number of samples and the question asked, also
depending on the number of root and tree samples.
What is the likely turnaround time?
Depending on the actual question and quality of the samples we aim to do the
work in 14 days, although in some cases 4 working days would be enough. In
exceptional cases we need more time, but we would let the customer know.
Are the conclusions reliable?
We will only state in our report what we consider reliable. We have
extensive experience in analysing plant DNA through our university research
and have published many research papers in reputable scientific journals
using these DNA techniques. If the material does not allow us to draw firm
conclusions, then we will say so. If we cannot answer the question because
clearly the wrong material is delivered or if trees appear to be identical
(clones) charges still apply.