Utility of the trnH-psbA Intergenic Spacer Region and Its Combinations as Plant DNA Barcodes: A Meta-Analysis

Xiaohui Pang, Chang Liu, Linchun Shi, Rui Liu, Dong Liang, Huan Li, Stacey S. Cherny, Shilin Chen

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Abstract

Background: The trnH-psbA intergenic spacer region has been used in many DNA barcoding studies. However, a comprehensive evaluation with rigorous sequence preprocessing and statistical testing on the utility of trnH-psbA and its combinations as DNA barcodes is lacking. Methodology/Principal Findings: Sequences were searched from GenBank for a meta-analysis on the usefulness of trnH-psbA and its combinations as DNA barcodes. After preprocessing, we constructed full and matching data sets that contained 17 983 trnH-psbA sequences and 2190 sets of trnH-psbA, matK, rbcL, and ITS2 sequences from the same sample, repectively. These datasets were used to analyze the ability of trnH-psbA and its combinations to discriminate species by the BLAST and BLAST+P methods. The Fisher's exact test was used to evaluate the significance of performance differences. For the full data set, the identification success rates of trnH-psbA exceeded 70% in 18 families and 12 genera, respectively. For the matching data set, the identification rates of trnH-psbA were significantly higher than those of the other loci in two families and four genera. Similarly, the identification rates of trnH-psbA+ITS2 were significantly higher than those of matK+rbcL in 18 families and 21 genera. Conclusion/Significane: This study provides valuable information on the higher utility of trnH-psbA and its combinations. We found that trnH-psbA+ITS2 combination performs better or equally well compared with other combinations in most taxonomic groups investigated. This information will guide the optimal usage of trnH-psbA and its combinations for species identification.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere48833
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume7
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

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