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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 Saturday, May 28, 2016 •

7th International Conference
Seventh International Barcode of Life Conference logo

The African Centre for DNA Barcoding and the University of Johannesburg will be hosting the Seventh International Barcode of Life Conference from November 20 to 24, 2017.


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Conference on Herbal Material
Herbal supplements

The International Conference on DNA technology for authentication, quality control, and conservation of herbal material will be held in Hong Kong from December 12 to 14, 2016.


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March Barcode Bulletin
Bulletin March 2016 Title Page

Check out the latest issue of the Barcode Bulletin which highlights initiatives in DNA barcoding research, applications, and education.


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Training Course in Kunming

The sixth edition of the DNA metabarcoding spring school will be held in Kunming, China from August 22 to 26, 2016. It will include lectures and hands-on training.


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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

4,013,927 specimens
398,087 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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