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Wales to barcode all flowering plants

Barcode Wales project targets 1,143 native species Wales is aiming to be the first country to produce a DNA barcode for every one of its native flowering plants. BBC Earth News reported that the Barcode Wales project aims to use DNA barcodes catalogue all 1,143 species of native flowering plant “for biodiversity conservation and to […]


Food forensics: DNA barcodes link habitat quality to bat diet

New insights into behaviour, environment All night long, bats swoop over our landscape consuming insects, but they do this in secret, hidden from our view. Until recently, scientists have been unable to bring their ecosystem out of the dark but thanks to new genetic techniques, researchers from the University of Bristol and Biodiversity Institute of […]


Rare lobster named after iBOL director

A member of the iBOL Board of Directors, Jesse Ausubel, has been immortalized in the scientific name of a newly discovered, rare new genus of deep water lobster, ScienceDaily.com reports. Ausubel, who is the Director of the Program for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University, was given this honor to recognize his contributions to the […]


Barcoders welcome new rulesfor shipping specimens

‘Dangerous goods’ classification removed The DNA barcoding community is welcoming the news that natural history specimens shipped via commercial air will no longer be classified as “dangerous goods.” In a press release, the Natural Science Collections Alliance said that the new policy, issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), also removes a requirement for […]


iBOL, CBD pledge to work together towards common goals

Memorandum signed at COP10 in Nagoya A new agreement between iBOL and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat commits the two organizations to identify and exploit opportunities for collaboration in areas of mutual interest. At a ceremony held during the 10th Conference of Parties to the CBD in Nagoya (CBD COP10), iBOL Board Chair […]


India announces $10M barcoding initiative

Focus on plants, insects and fishes Plants, insects and fishes will take priority in a new $US10 million DNA barcoding initiative announced by the Director General of the Indian Council on Agricultural Research (ICAR), Dr. S. Ayyappan (pictured), during an international consultation on DNA barcoding held November 6-7 in New Delhi. By year’s end, ICAR […]


Official launch of iBOL activates world’s largest biodiversity genomics initiative

Toronto – The largest biodiversity genomics initiative ever undertaken – an international effort to build a digital identification system for all life on Earth – will be officially activated this week. The International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL) will be launched by the Minister of Research and Innovation, Glen Murray, during an event at Toronto’s […]


Romania completes library of butterfly barcodes

Romania is now the first country to have barcoded its entire butterfly fauna – all 180 species. DNA barcoding aims to accelerate species identification and discovery, but performance tests have shown marked differences in identification success. As a consequence, there remains a great need for comprehensive studies which objectively test the method in groups with […]


Uncovering South Africa’s natural riches

2010 Toyota Enviro Outreach and International Barcode of Life will document life in biodiversity hotspots Johannesberg – A fleet of 10 Toyota Hilux pickups carrying South African and Canadian researchers will set out from the University of Johannesberg September 20 on a 17-day expedition to document South Africa’s animal and plant species. Although South Africa’s […]


The Barcode of Life Project

ON Nature Magazine – Summer 2010 The Barcode of Life Project (PDF)


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