Species discrimination

SCAR markers for discriminating species of two genera of medicinal plants, Liriope and Ophiopogon

G. Li and Park, Y. - J., SCAR markers for discriminating species of two genera of medicinal plants, Liriope and Ophiopogon, vol. 11, pp. 2987-2996, 2012.

The development of DNA markers that can closely discriminate between Liriope and Ophiopogon species is vital for efficient and accurate identification of these species, and to ensure the quality, safety, and efficacy of medicines made from these plants. We developed species-specific molecular markers for these two genera. Forty RAPD primers were tested to detect polymorphism; species-specific RAPD bands were gel-purified, cloned, and sequenced.

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