DNA Barcoding Applications

While many look to a future when point-of-contact DNA analysis is possible, the capacity to use DNA barcoding to identify any specimen in a few hours is already a reality. Species identification of endangered wildlife, quarantine pests, and disease vectors are just a few areas in which DNA barcoding is enabling researchers, enforcement agents, and consumers to make informed decisions in much shorter time frames.

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

Detecting Invasive Species

Larval and juvenile specimens can be identified even where morphological techniques fail.

Species Surveillance

Monitoring the species at a certain location for signs of pollution, climate change, or human interference.

Wildlife Protection

Wildlife Crime

Identification of products suspected to be from endangered and/or illegally traded wildlife, as well as providing evidence in poaching cases.

Exotic Products

Determining if products contain species that are locally, nationally, or internationally sensitive.

Citizen Science and Education

Life Scanner

Providing access to scientific records, Life Scanner allows non-scientists to browse and access species information to educate or help make informed decisions.

Education Programs

Engaging citizens in arthropod diversity through various hands-on and inquiry-based learning activities.

Quality Assurance and Control


Test product supply chain to validate the species sold.


Test products for the presence of adulterants.

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