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Madagascar study finds 40 new reptiles

DNA barcoding provides a clear advantage for conservation A DNA barcoding study targeting the entire reptile fauna of the biodiversity hotspot of Madagascar identified over 40 new species of snakes, skinks, chameleons and geckos. Using a newly developed set of reptile-specific primers for COI, the research team from Brussels, Munich and Brunswick compared gene sequences […]

China signs iBOL MOU

Seeks more prominent role in global barcoding community China is the latest country to sign the Memorandum of Understanding officially making it a Central Node of the International Barcode of Life project. The Memorandum was signed on May 29th, 2012 at the Kunming Institute of Botany  in Yunnan with representatives of the Chinese Academy of […]

Funding shortfall brings changes at iBOL

An update from Canada Canadian funders have played a critical role in both enabling iBOL’s activation and its progress. The Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Research Foundation, and Genome Canada provided nearly $30M to build the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) and to obtain required sequencing and computational hardware. The Ontario government supports Barcode […]

Argentina lab network growing

Second facility opens in Mar del Plata Argentina’s network of iBOL reference laboratories is taking shape with the opening of a new facility in the Marine Sciences Department at the National University of Mar del Plata. The lab will focus on aquatic biodiversity – mainly sampling marine fish and invertebrates but also some freshwater species. […]

Biophilia and the barcode of life

  – Biophilia and the barcode of life – PDF

DNA barcoding project identifies need for new funding

  – DNA barcoding project identifies need for new funding – PDF

Fish Barcoding Workshop

Tiruchirappalli, India A national level Training cum Workshop on “DNA Barcoding of Fish and Marine Life – Molecular Analysis and Bioinformatics Approaches” will be held September 12-14 at the Department of Marine Science, Bharathidasan University. The course, organized by Dr. R. Rajaram, will be useful for teachers/researchers working in Biodiversity Conservation. – Workshop Brochure – […]

DNA technology used to identify species causing bird-hits to aircraft

  – DNA technology used to identify species causing bird-hits to aircraft – PDF

Carlos Hernández

Costa Rica alternate General Director National Biodiversity lnstitute (INBIO) Heredia, Costa Rica – Web – Email:

Cláudio Oliveira

Brazil representative Biosciences Institute Universidade Estadual Paulista São Paulo, Brazil Email:


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