Species Identification

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Testing
  • Why Work With NSF?

Using next-generation sequencing (NGS), our laboratory provides species-level identification for the organism that you need identified. Our database is filled with sequences from vouchered materials to compare your samples to, enabling us to provide the most accurate identification.

The power of NGS for use in authenticity cannot be understated.  Through the use of NGS, we are able to identify every constituent of a sample, not just the target ingredient. For collaborators with product blends or powders, we can help validate the composition of your sample.  If you have a single ingredient in your material, we can confirm the identity of that sample through targeted sequencing. When used in conjunction with other traditional identification methods such as chemical testing, DNA testing is an important tool to ensure the identity of a sample.

Some common specimens we receive for testing are:

  • Echinacea
  • Rhodiola rosea
  • Garlic
  • Ginkgo

See a list of the species and materials that we are able to test.

Benefits of Testing

No matter the plant part or the period in the life cycle of the plant, DNA testing can be used to make an accurate identification of your species. We have had success using next-generation sequencing with old, processed and unknown materials that previously could not be analyzed.

Why Work With NSF?

Our associations with universities, research facilities and governmental bodies allow us to continuously improve our methodology and our proprietary database. We source reference materials that have been validated by experts in morphological identification.

With thousands of sequences in our database, we seek to provide peace of mind that the results you receive from NSF International are valid and accurate. Coupled with our high standards based on the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, we can provide you with world-class service.

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