British researchers have identified the barcode gene for plants, the BBC reports. Co-author Vincent Savolainen, of Imperial College London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, found that matK, a small gene located in the chloroplast of the plant, has enough variation to identify between species but is nearly identical in plants of the same species.

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