BARCODE 500K2010 - 2015
Because the development of a DNA-based identification system for all species is both prohibitively expensive and impossible for any single nation, the leaders of the biodiversity science community activated the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Consortium. Their first project – BARCODE 500K – demonstrated iBOL’s capacity to deliver a digital identification system for life.
- Delivered DNA barcodes for 500,000 species by 2015.
- Developed the informatics tools and the analytical protocols needed for DNA barcoding to emerge as a vital component of the global biodiversity science infrastructure.
- Raised ~$125 million from grant councils, government agencies, philanthropists, and the private sector.
Initiated through Genome Canada’s flagship International Consortium Initiative program, the BARCODE 500K project was supported by a large number of funding organizations and diverse researchers from around the world. We are grateful for their support of the participating nations and of the scientific objectives of this project.