A Taxonomist’s View on Genomic Authentication

  • Bernard R. BaumEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 862)


A brief history of taxonomy, for the most part plant oriented, is provided, which demonstrates the use of morphology early on, through the stages when different technologies became available at different times until the present use of genomic tools. Genomic authentication facilitates with greater precision than ever before the identification of an organism or part thereof. In this chapter I made an attempt to stress that, in general, but more so for genomic authentication, the use of the variation inherent in taxa down to the lowest level of the hierarchy of classification needs to be used to achieve a high degree of correct authentication.

Key words

Taxonomy Flowering plants Taxonomic botany Genomic authentication Echinacea purpurea 



I am indebted to my colleague John Thor Arnason, University of Ottawa, for his comments and suggestions to improve the manuscript. I am grateful to NJ Sucher, University of Western Sydney, Penrith South, Australia, for the invitation to write this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research CentreAgriculture & Agri-Food CanadaOttawaCanada

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