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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 Friday, Aug 1, 2014 •

Board Created at BIO

Recently named board at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario will provide governance and strategic oversight.


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2nd Fish Barcode of Life Conference

The Second International Conference on DNA Barcoding of Fishes will be held in Chetumal, Mexico from September 24-26, 2014


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SAP Big Data Initiatives
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SAP SE announces initiatives that aim to use Big Data to help better understand the planet’s diversity and enhance food safety.


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July Barcode Bulletin
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Check out the latest issue of the Barcode Bulletin which features a new design and showcases a wide selection of articles, ranging from education to barcoding applications.


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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

2,982,396 specimens
332,047 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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