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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.
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