Barcode Wales project targets 1,143 native species
Wales is aiming to be the first country to produce a DNA barcode for every one of its native flowering plants.
Team members use herbarium specimens from the National Museum Wales and the National Botanic Garden of Wales for most of its barcoding, as these are convenient to use and already verified. They also collect new specimens from plant species throughout Wales and the UK.
For each species, three specimens barcoded, allowing researchers to spot errors and also to identify any variation within species in the barcode sequences..
The barcodes are uploaded to Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) along with the voucher information and a scan of the herbarium specimen. Once the project is complete, visitors to BOLD will be able to view and download all of the barcode information.