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Wales is set to be the first country to produce a DNA barcode for every one of its native flowering plants, scientists claim.
The Barcode Wales project will aim to catalogue all 1,143 species of native flowering plant based on each plant’s unique gene sequence.
This would mean that the tiniest fragment of leaf or pollen grain could be used to identify any plant in Wales.
It would also allow scientists to better understand the plants’ genetics.
The information will help biologists to track the status of pollinating insects, such as bees.
And the database itself could be used to test the authenticity of Welsh products, including honey, and help identify plant fragments in forensic examinations.

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