Projects by tag: molecular-identification
The Moroccan traditional herbal medicine is very popular but threated by the increase of demands. To preserve the traditional livelihood, the identification and conservation of medicinal plants are fundamental.
All orchids are CITES listed, but tubers of terrestrial orchids in the genera Orchis, Anacamptis, Dactylorhiza and Himantoglossum are collected in large quantities to make Salep. Using high-throughput sequencing we can analyze anything from tubers through Salep powder to Salep icecream to accurate determine all orchid species present in these processed products.
PhytoAuthent uses DNA sequence data to investigate authenticity of herbal medicines in Europe. The goal is to develop accurate high-throughput DNA barcoding for species-level identification and authentication of herbal supplements.
Many wild medicinal plants and edible orchids in Tanzania are under threat from overharvesting. In this project we use DNA barcoding and metabarcoding to identify species from market samples such as roots, bark, and powders with the objective of identification of those species that are targeted most severely by this trade