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Barcoding P.A.T.H.S. : Plant & Algal Type & Historical Specimens
Title: Barcoding P.A.T.H.S. : Plant & Algal Type & Historical Specimens
Title abbreviated: Barcoding P.A.T.H.S.
Creator: Moro, Isabella; Sciuto, Katia; Wolf, Marion Adelheid
Abstract: For years our research group has been involved in several projects regarding the identification of plant organisms, using the DNA barcoding. The necessity of these studies arose both from purely systematic questions and on behalf of privates or public institutions. The organisms considered in our researches range from cyanobacteria and microalgae to seaweeds and, only recently, plants. One of the major problems in our studies was the availability of molecular data from type and historical specimens. In fact, type specimens are fundamental for comparison in systematic and nomenclature studies, as stated by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, and, more in general, specimens from historical collections are useful to know the distribution of taxa in space and time. DNA barcoding technique has allowed us to study historical specimens of great scientific value, because only small amount of starting material is required, thus preserving these irreplaceable sources of information. We have decided to make available to everyone the sequences of type and historical material produced during our researches in this public database. It will represent a library of reference sequences, easily to update and against which putative new species or other plant material can be compared. A match of a sequence from an unknown organism to one of the reference sequences can provide a rapid and reproducible identification. This will greatly increase the speed at which routine identification can be carried out and will be a good tool to solve taxonomic questions, inferring evolutionary history and determining chronological distributions of populations. [Information of the supplier]
Subject: Classification in botany (580.12)
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Language: English
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Metadata update date: 2013-07-10
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