This outlook paper addresses the problem of the traceability of minor crops. These kinds of cultivations consist in a large number of plants locally distributed with a modest production in terms of cultivated acreage and quantity of final product. Because of globalization, the diffusion of minor crops is increasing due to their benefit for human health or their use as food supplements. Such a phenomenon implies a major risk for species substitution or uncontrolled admixture of manufactured plant products with severe consequences for the health of consumers. The need for a reliable identification system is therefore essential to evaluate the quality and provenance of minor agricultural products. DNA-based techniques can help in achieving this mission. In particular, the DNA barcoding approach has gained a role of primary importance thanks to its universality and versatility. Here, we present the advantages in the use of DNA barcoding for the characterization and traceability of minor crops based on our previous or ongoing studies at the ZooPlantLab (Milan, Italy). We also discuss how DNA barcoding may potentially be transferred from the laboratory to the food supply chain, from field to table.

Galimberti, A., Labra, M., Sandionigi, A., Bruno, A., Mezzasalma, V., De Mattia, F. (2014). DNA Barcoding for Minor Crops and Food Traceability. ADVANCES IN AGRICULTURE, 2014, 1-8 [10.1155/2014/831875].

DNA Barcoding for Minor Crops and Food Traceability

Galimberti, A;Labra, M;Sandionigi, A;Bruno, A;Mezzasalma, V;De Mattia, F
2014

Abstract

This outlook paper addresses the problem of the traceability of minor crops. These kinds of cultivations consist in a large number of plants locally distributed with a modest production in terms of cultivated acreage and quantity of final product. Because of globalization, the diffusion of minor crops is increasing due to their benefit for human health or their use as food supplements. Such a phenomenon implies a major risk for species substitution or uncontrolled admixture of manufactured plant products with severe consequences for the health of consumers. The need for a reliable identification system is therefore essential to evaluate the quality and provenance of minor agricultural products. DNA-based techniques can help in achieving this mission. In particular, the DNA barcoding approach has gained a role of primary importance thanks to its universality and versatility. Here, we present the advantages in the use of DNA barcoding for the characterization and traceability of minor crops based on our previous or ongoing studies at the ZooPlantLab (Milan, Italy). We also discuss how DNA barcoding may potentially be transferred from the laboratory to the food supply chain, from field to table.
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Dna barcoding; food ; minor crop; traceability, Molecular markers; DNA analysis
English
2014
2014
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8
831875
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Galimberti, A., Labra, M., Sandionigi, A., Bruno, A., Mezzasalma, V., De Mattia, F. (2014). DNA Barcoding for Minor Crops and Food Traceability. ADVANCES IN AGRICULTURE, 2014, 1-8 [10.1155/2014/831875].
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