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Title: DNA barcoding of medicinal plant material for identification

item TECHEN, NATASCHA - University Of Mississippi
item PARVEEN, IFFAT - University Of Mississippi
item Pan, Zhiqiang - Peter
item KHAN, IKHLAS - University Of Mississippi

Submitted to: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/1/2013
Publication Date: 11/16/2013
Citation: Techen, N., Parveen, I., Pan, Z., Khan, I.A. 2013. DNA barcoding of medicinal plant material for identification. Current Opinion in Biotechnology. 25:103-110.

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Technical Abstract: Because of the increasing demand for herbal remedies and for authentication of the source material, it is vital to provide a single database containing information about authentic plant materials and their potential adulterants. The database should provide DNA barcodes for data retrieval and similarity search. In order to obtain such barcodes, several molecular methods have been applied to develop markers that aid with the authentication and identification of medicinal plant materials. In this review, we discuss the genomic regions and molecular methods selected to provide barcodes, available databases and the potential future of barcoding using next generation sequencing.