Plant.ID Molecular Identification of Plants

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Plants are essential for many aspects of our daily lives as they provide food, medicines, and construction materials. However, plants can also cause harm. Think of poisonous plants, pollen allergies, adulterants in herbal medicines, or invasive species, for instance. Correct identification of plants is therefore crucial. Unfortunately this is often problematic. Plant.ID addressed this issue by developing state-of-the-art chemical solutions for a simplified way of identifying plants.


Dr. Barbara Gravendeel
Researcher and group leader
Evolutionary Ecology


Plant.ID is a collaborative network within Europe and addresses the challenges of plant identification in 15 different projects. The network supported the career development and training of 15 PhD fellows in an international and cross-disciplinary environment in order to give them a wide range of skills to become excellent scientists.

Plant.ID is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded through the H2020 program of the European Union and started on 1 January 2018.

The project was closed 31 december 2021.

Who were involved
in this project?

At Naturalis the following researchers work on this project:

  • Ozan Ciftci
  • Margret Veltman

Who did we
work with

Our network had 15 early stage researchers that were each performing a vital part of the Plant.ID project. They were employed at 9 different host institutes scattered across Europe. All ESR projects were unique and contributed towards achieving the overall goal of Plant.ID.

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