DNA barcoding for plants

Natasha de Vere, Tim C. G. Rich, Sarah A. Trinder, Charlotte Long

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DNA barcoding uses specific regions of DNA in order to identify species. Initiatives are taking place around the world to generate DNA barcodes for all groups of living organisms and to make these data publically available in order to help understand, conserve, and utilize the world's biodiversity. For land plants the core DNA barcode markers are two sections of coding regions within the chloroplast, part of the genes, rbcL and matK. In order to create high quality databases, each plant that is DNA barcoded needs to have a herbarium voucher that accompanies the rbcL and matK DNA sequences. The quality of the DNA sequences, the primers used, and trace files should also be accessible to users of the data. Multiple individuals should be DNA barcoded for each species in order to check for errors and allow for intraspecific variation. The world's herbaria provide a rich resource of already preserved and identified material and these can be used for DNA barcoding as well as by collecting fresh samples from the wild. These protocols describe the whole DNA barcoding process, from the collection of plant material from the wild or from the herbarium, how to extract and amplify the DNA, and how to check the quality of the data after sequencing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-118
Number of pages18
JournalMethods in Molecular Biology
Publication statusPublished - 03 Oct 2014


  • DNA Barcoding, Taxonomic
  • DNA, Plant
  • Electrophoresis, Agar Gel
  • Information Systems
  • Plants
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Specimen Handling
  • Terminology as Topic


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