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Proceedings of third international conference

The third International Barcode of Life Conference, held in Mexico City in 2009, witnessed an explosion of new applications of DNA barcoding across a rapidly expanding range of fields.

The new PLoS ONE collection, Proceedings of the Third International Barcode of Life Conference, Mexico City, includes a selection of articles by the speakers at the plenary sessions of the 2009 conference. The articles represent the broad range of work now going on in the barcoding community, including applications in taxonomy, ecology, biogeography, and even socioeconomic applications such as controlling forest pest species.

One of the highlights of the Mexico City conference was the formal announcement of agreement on the standard barcode regions for land plants. This new standard opened the door to novel projects on grasses, food webs of plant-eating insects, and on combating illegal logging.

The barcoding community is gearing up for the Fourth International Conference, which will be hosted by the University of Adelaide in South Australia from November 28 to December 3, 2011. Online discussions have already opened and more than 400 abstracts have been submitted.

DNA barcoding continues to expand and accelerate and the PLoS ONE collection, Proceedings of the Third International Barcode of Life Conference, Mexico City will be an important reference in the evolution of this field.



Joining Inventory by Parataxonomists with DNA Barcoding of a Large Complex Tropical Conserved Wildland in Northwestern Costa Rica
Daniel H. Janzen, Winnie Hallwachs

Natural History, Microbes and Sequences: Shouldn’t We Look Back Again to Organisms?
Antonio Lazcano

Choosing and Using a Plant DNA Barcode
Peter M. Hollingsworth, Sean W. Graham, Damon P. Little

Reading the Complex Skipper Butterfly Fauna of One Tropical Place
Daniel H. Janzen, Winnie Hallwachs, John M. Burns, Mehrdad Hajibabaei, Claudia Bertrand, Paul D. N. Hebert

DNA Barcode Sequence Identification Incorporating Taxonomic Hierarchy and within Taxon Variability
Damon P. Little

The Barcode of Life Data Portal: Bridging the Biodiversity Informatics Divide for DNA Barcoding
Indra Neil Sarkar, Michael Trizna

DNA Barcode Libraries Provide Insight into Continental Patterns of Avian Diversification
Darío A. Lijtmaer, Kevin C. R. Kerr, Ana S. Barreira, Paul D. N. Hebert, Pablo L. Tubaro

Pyrosequencing for Mini-Barcoding of Fresh and Old Museum Specimens
Shadi Shokralla, Xin Zhou, Daniel H. Janzen, Winnie Hallwachs, Jean-François Landry, Luke M. Jacobus, Mehrdad Hajibabaei

Barcoding a Quantified Food Web: Crypsis, Concepts, Ecology and Hypotheses
M. Alex Smith, Eldon S. Eveleigh, Kevin S. McCann, Mark T. Merilo, Peter C. McCarthy, Kathleen I. Van Rooyen

Environmental Barcoding: A Next-Generation Sequencing Approach for Biomonitoring Applications Using River Benthos
Mehrdad Hajibabaei, Shadi Shokralla, Xin Zhou, Gregory A. C. Singer, Donald J. Baird

Tracking the Feeding Patterns of Tsetse Flies (Glossina Genus) by Analysis of Bloodmeals Using Mitochondrial Cytochromes Genes
Catherine N. Muturi, Johnson O. Ouma, Imna I. Malele, Raphael M. Ngure, Jane J. Rutto, Klaus M. Mithöfer, John Enyaru, Daniel K. Masiga

Towards a Global Barcode Library for Lymantria (Lepidoptera: Lymantriinae) Tussock Moths of Biosecurity Concern
Jeremy R. deWaard, Andrew Mitchell, Melody A. Keena, David Gopurenko, Laura M. Boykin, Karen F. Armstrong, Michael G. Pogue, Joao Lima, Robin Floyd, Robert H. Hanner, Leland M. Humble

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