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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2014 Feb;25:103-10. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2013.09.010. Epub 2013 Nov 16.

DNA barcoding of medicinal plant material for identification.

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1
National Center for Natural Products Research and Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Pharmacognosy, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, MS 38677, USA.
2
USDA-ARS-NPURU, P.O. Box 8048, University, MS 38677, USA.
3
National Center for Natural Products Research and Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Pharmacognosy, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, MS 38677, USA; School of Pharmacy, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. Electronic address: ikhan@olemiss.edu.

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.

PMID:
24484887
DOI:
10.1016/j.copbio.2013.09.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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