We are the International Barcode of Life Consortium
iBOL is working to establish an Earth observation system that will discover species, reveal their interactions, and establish biodiversity baselines. We are tracking ecosystems across the planet and exploring symbiomes – the distinct fungal, plant, and animal species associated with host organisms. Our goal is to complete this research and establish baseline data for science and society’s benefit.
We engage scientists, students, and citizens around the world in biodiversity research
Advances in DNA barcoding, metabarcoding, and eDNA analysis have propelled our understanding of the complex relationships between different species beyond the scope of the ‘food web’ concept. iBOL researchers are working to reveal the symbiome – the entirety of the complex biotic community associated with an organism – to gain a greater understanding of a species’ role in the ecosystem.
In the face of climate change and the ever-increasing impact of the human population upon global biodiversity, the need to establish baseline knowledge has never been more clear. We cannot protect that which cannot be measured or understood, and to further this cause several iBOL projects are using advanced tools like DNA metabarcoding to lay the foundation for a global biosurveillance system.
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The International Barcode of Life Consortium is a research alliance undertaking the largest global biodiversity science initiative: create a digital identification system for life that is accessible to everyone