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.
The Barcoding Life Highlights Report for 2015 is now available, with updates on iBOL activities ranging from technology to education.
A new video discusses the collaboration between iBOL and ResMed, a healthcare company. Through this project, 6,400 specimens have already been collected and barcoded.
Paul Hebert has been named an officer of the Order of Canada, honoring his achievements in evolutionary biology.
Abstracts and session recordings from the Sixth International Barcode of Life Conference are now available on the conference website.