DNA Barcoding

The New York Botanical Garden Forest:

A Floristic Approach

to Identifying a DNA Barcode for Plants





The New York Botanical Garden Forest In conjunction with the Plant Working Group (PWG) of the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL), The New York Botanical Garden has undertaken a year-long pilot project to complete a DNA barcode inventory of the approximately 343 species of vascular plants known to occur within the Botanical Garden's 50-acre Forest. The Botanical Garden's project has tested the same gene segments for sequencing as those used in the PWG's effort to identify a universal plant DNA barcode. Whereas the Consortium project is focused on specific lineages within the plant kingdom, the Botanical Garden's project is focused on a subset of a specific floristic region, as defined and documented by Gleason and Cronquist's Manual of the Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada, published by The New York Botanical Garden Press. The vascular plant species of the Botanical Garden's forest have been documented in an unpublished manuscript, The Native and Naturalized Flora of The New York Botanical Garden, by Michael Nee, Ph.D. of the Garden's Institute of Systematic Botany. During the 12-month period of data collection and analysis (January through December 2006), concerted efforts have been made also to publicize the project's findings and to promote the idea of DNA barcoding within high impact media circles.








For more information contact: Dr. Ken Cameron


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