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Research Article

How to Open the Treasure Chest? Optimising DNA Extraction from Herbarium Specimens

  • Tiina Särkinen mail,

    tiina.sarkinen@nhm.ac.uk

    Affiliations: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, United Kingdom

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  • Martijn Staats,

    Affiliation: Biosystematics Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • James E. Richardson,

    Affiliations: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Universidad de Los Andes, Apartado Aéreo, Bogotá, Colombia

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  • Robyn S. Cowan,

    Affiliation: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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  • Freek T. Bakker

    Affiliation: Biosystematics Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Published: August 28, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0043808

About the Authors

Tiina Särkinen, James E. Richardson
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Tiina Särkinen
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, United Kingdom
Martijn Staats, Freek T. Bakker
Biosystematics Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
James E. Richardson
Universidad de Los Andes, Apartado Aéreo, Bogotá, Colombia
Robyn S. Cowan
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: tiina.sarkinen@nhm.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: FB, JR, MS, RC TS. Performed the experiments: TS. Analyzed the data: TS MS. Wrote the paper: TS, FB, JR, MS RC.