What is it about?
Accurate identification of species from timber is an essential step to help control illegal logging and forest loss. Here we constructed a comprehensive barcode library using four commonly used barcodes (rbcL, matK, trnH–psbA, and ITS2), representing 1,550 commercially traded timber species (656 genera across 124 families) from China and internationally.
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Why is it important?
The database includes many novel sequences that will enrich existing timber barcode databases for tropical and subtropical evergreen timber trees in China. The development of timber species barcode reference libraries provides a valuable source for several applications, including forestry management and policing, ecological investigations, and biodiversity conservation.
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This page is a summary of: Assessing candidate DNA barcodes for Chinese and internationally traded timber species, Molecular Ecology Resources, November 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.13546.
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