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Making Every Species Count

Building a Bioliterate World

What would it be like to live in a bio-literate world - a world where you could know, in minutes, the name of any animal or plant - any time, anywhere? And not just its name but everything about it - what are its habits, is it endangered, is it dangerous, should it even be there or is it an invader from somewhere else?

How could we use that knowledge to protect our planet's biodiversity and promote human health and well-being?

The International Barcode of Life project (iBOL), the largest biodiversity genomics initiative ever undertaken, is unlocking the door to that world by creating a digital identification system for life.

• Breaking News for Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 •

Sixth International Conference

The abstract submission deadline for the Sixth International Barcode of Life Conference has been extended to April 30, 2015 (with the exception of abstracts associated with a travel award application).

CEO Appointed for BIO
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With a background in business development and commercialization, the University of Guelph has appointed Dr. Mario Thomas as CEO for the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario.


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Recognizing Innovation

DNA barcoding has been recognized as a game-changing breakthrough by the Council of Ontario Universities.


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March Barcode Bulletin
Bulletin March 2015 Title Page

The March issue of the Barcode Bulletin is now available. It includes an update on the upcoming conference and highlights initiatives in DNA barcoding research, applications and education.


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How iBOL Works

It takes a lot of different people with different talents to get the job done.

Read about global participation in iBOL and how it works.

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Building the Barcode Library

2,982,396 specimens
332,047 barcode clusters/species Target for 2015:
5,000,000 specimens
500,000 species Learn more...

Barcoding Campaigns

A number of campaigns have started to collect and register DNA barcodes from specific families and regions of life.

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Get Connected

Get connected with other DNA barcoding participants, scientists, and enthusiasts.

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