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A Grass Molecular Identification System for Forensic Botany: A Critical Evaluation of the Strengths and Limitations

Ward, Jodie; Gilmore, Simon; Robertson, James; Peakall, Rodney


Plant material is frequently encountered in criminal investigations but often overlooked as potential evidence. We designed a DNA-based molecular identification system for 100 Australian grasses that consisted of a series of polymerase chain reaction assays that enabled the progressive identification of grasses to different taxonomic levels. The identification system was based on DNA sequence variation at four chloroplast and two mitochondrial loci. Seventeen informative indels and 68...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Forensic Sciences
DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2009.01196.x


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