Identification of fabaceae plants using the DNA barcode matK

Ting Gao, Zhiying Sun, Hui Yao, Jingyuan Song, Yingjie Zhu, Xinye Ma, Shilin Chen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

37 Scopus citations


In this study, we tested the applicability of the core DNA barcode matK for identifying species within the Fabaceae family. Based on an evaluation of genetic variation, DNA barcoding gaps, and species discrimination power, matK is a useful barcode for Fabaceae species. Of 1355 plant samples collected from 1079 species belonging to 409 diverse genera, matK precisely identified approximately 80 % and 96 % of them at the species and genus levels, respectively. Therefore, our research indicates that the matK region is a valuable marker for plant species within Fabaceae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-94
Number of pages3
JournalPlanta Medica
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • DNA barcoding
  • Fabaceae
  • identification
  • matK

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery


Dive into the research topics of 'Identification of fabaceae plants using the DNA barcode matK'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this