Posted by: purplepaula1 | September 3, 2009

‘Barcode’ to help identify plants

15519812102_238849A standard ‘DNA barcode’ has been agreed on by a team of international scientists which will allow botanists to identify species more quickly and easily.  There are hopes that a global plant DNA library can be formed.

There are a number of potential uses for the barcode, including identification in the illegal trade of endangered species. The barcode only requires a tiny sample to enable identification. To read the full BBC News story click here.

The findings of the team have also been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Vol. 106 No. 31., pp. 12794-12797) and can be accessed via the Library Catalogue.

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