This page contains the current definition, format and controlled vocabularly for specimen voucher qualifier.
The page has been created on Ocober 9, 2013.
Definition: identifier for the specimen from which the nucleic acid sequenced was obtained
Value format: /specimen_voucher=”[<institution-code>:[<collection-code>:]]<specimen_id>”
Please note structured vouchers include institution-codes (and optional collection-codes) are taken from a
controlled vocabulary maintained by the INSDC that denotes the museum or herbarium collection where
the specimen resides: ftp://ftp.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pub/taxonomy/coll_dump.txt
/specimen_voucher=”USNM:field series 8798″
Comment: the /specimen_voucher qualifier is intended to annotate a reference to the physical specimen
that remains after the sequence has been obtained; if the specimen was destroyed in the process of sequencing,
electronic images (e-vouchers) are an adequate substitute for a physical voucher specimen; ideally the specimens
will be deposited in a curated museum, herbarium, or frozen tissue collection, but often they will remain in a
personal or laboratory collection for some time before they are deposited in a curated collection; there are three
forms of specimen_voucher qualifiers; if the text of the qualifier includes one or more colons it is a ‘structured