The power of vegetal DNA in the service of safety and traceability.
Citrus, colored and perfumed fruits, are very popular in cosmetics, perfumers and agri-food industries. Known since hundreds of years, they are grouped in 3 main genera (Citrus, Fortunella and Poncitrus) within the Rutacea family.
Classification of the species within this family remains complicated. With study of nuclear and chloroplast genomes of plants, numerous teams of scientists have been aimed to establish new classifications.
In addition to the very common lemons, oranges and tengerines, certain little spread species are used in the gastronomic cuisine such as lemon caviar. Given the scarcety, this type of product has a high price and thus a risk of fraud.
DNA Gensee team has launched a research programm on this topic connected with some recent genetic studies and thanks to Bénédicte and Michel Bachès’ help, who share a passion for citrus. This project targets citrus DNA.
Citrus identification both in raw materials and in products made with citrus is crucial to ensure authenticity and prevent the risk of fraud. Indeed, nothing resembles anything more than 2 plants powders.
Our aim is to be able to distinguish and authentify different citrus species and even subspecies, thanks to barcoding and metabarcoding technologies.
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