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.
BOLD surpasses another mark. More than 4 Million DNA barcode sequences for over 400,000 species are now available.
Early registration for the Sixth International Barcode of Life Conference being held in Guelph, Ontario, Canada is open until June 15, 2015. See the website for program information.
With a background in business development and commercialization, the University of Guelph has appointed Dr. Mario Thomas as CEO for the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario.
DNA barcoding has been recognized as a game-changing breakthrough by the Council of Ontario Universities.