iBOL INVITES YOU TO #illuminateBiodiversity FOR EARTH DAY

April 4, 2019

The International Barcode of Life Consortium (iBOL) is illuminating biodiversity on a planetary scale, with scientists working in more than 30 countries around the world using DNA technology to build a library of life.

In honour of Earth Day, iBOL invites you to #illuminateBiodiversity by posting your favourite picture or story of our living planet on social media.

From April 22-27th, use the hashtag #illuminateBiodiversity and #illuminate_iBOL and be sure to include where the photo was taken in your post.

We will be highlighting your posts in celebration of Earth’s biodiversity!


The African monarch (Danaus chrysippus), while closely related to the North American monarch (Danaus plexippus), doesn’t make the nearly 4,800 km migration from southwestern Mexico to northeastern US and Canada due to the warmer climate of the African continent.

PHOTO CREDIT: Johandre van Rooyen

 iBOL is launching a major international biodiversity project this year that aims to track all multicellular life on a planetary scale. The purpose of our scientific mission is to better understand, monitor, and protect biodiversity.

How? By using DNA barcoding:

An international team of scientists collect organisms around the world, (1) remove a small piece of tissue and extract DNA, (2) amplify and (3) sequence a small fragment of the genome, the ‘barcode region’, and (4) match it against a reference library to identify it to a species.

We can apply this simple technology to address a range of problems. Find out more!

Media Contacts:

International Barcode of Life Consortium

Hannah James
Manager – Media and Strategic Communications

The International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Consortium is a research alliance with a mission to develop and apply a globally accessible, DNA-based system for the discovery and identification of all multicellular life. Our vision is to illuminate biodiversity for the benefit of our living planet.

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