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DNA register for plants

The Norwegian Crop Research Institute wants to collect DNA profiles of the two most common conifers and Norwegian grass types in a register to aid crime investigations.

The reason for the project is that that DNA from plants can be an important piece of evidence in the future.

During the last 20 years, the technique of DNA analysis of human biological leads from crime scenes has been greatly developed. The use of DNA from humans has become crucial in the investigation of crime cases and now the next step is plants, reported the Norwegian paper Dagsavisen.

«With a reference register over the different variations of plants’ genetic fingerprints, we will be able to pinpoint where plant pieces are normally found,» said Sonja Sletner Klemsdal, researcher at the Norwegian Crop Research Institute, to the paper. «This will, for example, be used to analyse and compare findings of spruce, grass, or other plant material on shoes or the clothes of a suspect with the findings on a crime scene.»

The institute has applied to the Research Council of Norway for funding of a four year research project.

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