Conservation of endangered species used in Chinese medicine through identification by molecular and chemical approaches  

Project Title: Conservation of Endangered Species used in Chinese Medicine through Identification by Molecular and Chemical Approaches

Applicant: The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Total Approved Grant: $654,000

Duration: 1.4.1999 - 31.3.2001

Project Status/Remarks: completed

Scope: To develop molecular and chemical methods for the speedy identification of endangered species used in Chinese medicine, particularly those with no existing test methods, so as to support conservation and enforcement programmes of those species.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
Protocol had been established for accurate authentication of the concerned species e.g. orchid species, snake and crocodile and the ITS regions of several common animal species found in the market had been sequenced.