Plant DNA ‘barcodes’ can help identify plants quickly and easily, without requiring an on-site visual ID from a botanist. Photo by Victoria Porter via Flickr.com.
After four years of research, scientists have decided on a standard ‘DNA barcode’ for identifying plants. It sounds cool, if you like science (which I do), but is it perhaps one of those findings that’s great if you’re a researcher, but pretty much useless to the rest of the world? Well, no.