Identification of hallucinogenic fungi from the genera Psilocybe and Panaeolus by amplified fragment length polymorphism

James Chun I. Lee, Michael Cole, Adrian Linacre

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Abstract

Unambiguous identification of the hallucinogenic fungi of the genera Psilocybe and Panaeolus is required by national and international drug control legislation. We report on a DNA-based test using the technique of amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP). AFLP can differentiate species of the two genera Psilocybe and Panaeolus by using different primer sets. The identification of hallucinogenic fungi using a DNA-based test, which can be used in conjunction with morphological features, will assist in forensic investigations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1484-1487
Number of pages4
JournalElectrophoresis
Volume21
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2000
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Amplified fragment length polymorphism
  • Forensic investigation
  • Fungi
  • Panaeolus
  • Psilocybe

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