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If a service existed that authenticated an herb with accuracy, would you pay for it?

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river_lotus

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Herb Authenticity Tests
« on: March 26, 2021, 06:24:26 am »

There's a lot of fraud in the herbal supplement industry. That's a huge problem. I am building an Arduino DNA sequencer and all of a sudden I remembered this and thought - hey, I could make some money with this! You could do a lot of things with it - check an herb to see if it's really what it says it is, check marijuana to see what variety it is, analyze fungal tissue to determine if it's edible, and a lot of other stuff. You'd just need to send a sample and pay a fee. It gets added to a list of vendors and/or products that are either authentic or fraudulent, I make some money, and you end up not eating something that's accidentally poisonous. Let me know what yall think 8)
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Re: Herb Authenticity Tests
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2021, 09:54:25 pm »

it might be a good idea, but i think this need is marginal. if you have that knowledge, maybe doing research on plants that have never been studied in detail would be more useful to the community. (like  the study which shows the potential of some salvia).but I don't know if the same technology is applied
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Re: Herb Authenticity Tests
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2021, 10:01:11 pm »

that's a cool idea, it could make some money if you had competitive prices
(you'd have to compete with already existing companies that do the same thing with professional equipment)
if it can be done at home for a low cost, i would be interested to learn more about the process you are using.
could you explain how one translates the gel plate into real information..?
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Re: Herb Authenticity Tests
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2021, 02:50:54 pm »

I would be interested in understanding how this works as well. I work in the dietary supplement industry, and I have never heard of using DNA sequencing for identification. The industry standard is TLC or these days HPTLC. I’m guessing DNA sequencing would be more expensive, but potentially more reliable.
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