A 22 member group of universities and institutes of the CAS has used the seed and DNA materials collected from the Southwest China Wildlife Germplasm Bank to establish a major plant DNA database. Barcoding was done on 10076 samples, covering 196 families 1292 genera and 3463 species. 5 DNA barcode fragments were used: ITS/ITS2, rbcL, matK and trnH. More than 74,000 DNA barcode sequences entered into a reference database with 110,000 integrated plant photos, for a national wild plant identification information platform.

CAS news release, November 28, 2016