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'Barcode' to Help Identify Plants

Science & Tech  (tags: science, plants, identification, DNA barcodes, Botanic, research, interesting, news, scientists )

- 3609 days ago -
An international team of scientists has agreed on a standard "DNA barcode" for plants that will allow botanists to identify species quickly and easily. There are an estimated 400,000 species of land plants on the planet.


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Dee C (23)
Wednesday July 29, 2009, 5:38 am
"They hope the agreement will lead to the formation of a global plant DNA library, which can be shared by the scientific community.

The barcodes are expected to have a number of uses, including identifying illegal trade in endangered species."

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Tierney G (381)
Wednesday July 29, 2009, 11:39 am
This is wonderful news! Thank you Dee

Scarlett P (126)
Wednesday July 29, 2009, 4:57 pm
Soon it will be barcodes for humans....

. (0)
Thursday July 30, 2009, 1:58 pm
Barcodes should be left to supermarket products, I prefer the old method of books and pictures, they should then kep barcodes for their archives

Dee C (23)
Sunday August 2, 2009, 10:26 am
I think this is a great step..and I am glad to see it taking place..I know they have tried for a while to get this through..
All of the reasons mentioned in the article are all good sound reasons for having this in place..So kudos to them for finally succeeding in it..

While books and pictures are a wonderful source.I do agree..however...this is important to change for the time factor alone..and or the lack of funding they may have for a specialist botanist to be on location..
This gives them more time and in less funding..And we all know how the can cuts hurt these areas..
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