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.
Paul Hebert has been named an officer of the Order of Canada, honoring his achievements in evolutionary biology.
The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario received funding through the Ontario Research Fund’s Research Excellence program to support DNA barcoding efforts.
Check out the latest issue of the Barcode Bulletin which highlights initiatives in DNA barcoding research, applications and education.
Registration is open for the Sixth International Barcode of Life Conference being held in Guelph, Ontario, Canada from August 18 to 21.