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.
The International Conference on DNA technology for authentication, quality control, and conservation of herbal material will be held in Hong Kong from December 12 to 14, 2016.
Check out the latest issue of the Barcode Bulletin which highlights initiatives in DNA barcoding research, applications, and education.
The sixth edition of the DNA metabarcoding spring school will be held in Kunming, China from August 22 to 26, 2016. It will include lectures and hands-on training.
From April 4 to 5, 2016, the Museum of Natural History in Geneva hosted a workshop on the application of genomic tools for the biomonitoring of marine environments.