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Date: 26-May 2011

Pub: PLoS ONE, 2011, 6(5)

Author(s): Hollingsworth PM, Graham SW, Little DP

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Abstract: The main aim of DNA barcoding is to establish a shared community resource of DNA sequences that can be used for organismal identification and taxonomic clarification. This approach was successfully pioneered in animals using a portion of the cytochrome oxidase 1 (CO1) mitochondrial gene. In plants, establishing a standardized DNA barcoding system has been more challenging. In this paper, we review the process of selecting and refining a plant barcode; evaluate the factors which influence the discriminatory power of the approach; describe some early applications of plant barcoding and summarise major emerging projects; and outline tool development that will be necessary for plant DNA barcoding to advance.

Tags: barcoding, graham, hollingsworth, little, markers, plant, plants

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