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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.

• News for July 2016 •

Training Workshop in Argentina
DNA strand

Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales “Bernardino Rivadavia” hosted their Eighth Leading Labs Training Workshop in Argentina from May 30 to June 3, 2016.


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June Barcode Bulletin
Bulletin June 2016 Title Page

Check out the latest issue of the Barcode Bulletin with conference news and highlights from DNA barcoding research and applications.


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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 December 12-14, 2016 in Hong Kong.


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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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