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.
Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has announced that it will launch a virtual biodiversity genomics institute.
Video produced by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada explains DNA barcoding, its applications, and its importance for crops, livestock, and trade.
Paul Hebert was awarded the 2014 Aster Award by the Toronto Botanical Garden. He was also featured in a podcast titled “Bugs, Books and Barcodes”.
Check out the latest issue of the Barcode Bulletin which highlights DNA barcoding initiatives from around the world and the practical applications that they support.