The Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INABIO) has officially joined the International Barcode of Life Consortium (iBOL), making Ecuador the 34th nation to indicate its commitment to advancing knowledge of global biodiversity through DNA-based analysis.
Spanning the Andes-Amazon region and including the Galapagos archipelago, Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse nations on the planet.
“Ecuador holds a special place because the study of species on its Galapagos archipelago revolutionized our discipline,” says Dr. Paul Hebert, iBOL’s Scientific Director. “Ecuador’s decision to join iBOL is an important milestone in our quest to understand and protect the species that share our planet.”
Dr. Diego J. Inclán, INABIO’s Executive Director, will represent Ecuador on iBOL’s Science Committee. “Ecuador is a mega-biodiverse country where most of its species remain undiscovered. Groups like insects are highly diverse, however we do not have enough taxonomists to cover such diversity,” says Dr. Inclán.
A professor at the Central University of Ecuador, and President of the Entomological Society of Ecuador, Dr. Inclán’s research interests include entomology, systematics, ecology, and biodiversity with a special focus on Tachinidae parasitoids and landscape ecology.
Dr. Inclán says that DNA barcoding has been enormously helpful for building knowledge about Tachinidae parasitoids in Ecuador, a group that is complex with nearly ten thousand species including many cryptic ones. “Tachinids are a clear example where we definitely need to combine traditional taxonomy with new molecular techniques in order to deal with such diverse groups. Barcoding offers the possibility to discover the truly diversity of Ecuador,” he says.
Dr. Diego J. Inclán, Executive Director, The Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INABIO), Ecuador.
“Being part of the iBOL community will allow us to know our biodiversity and only then we will be able to conserve it and use it in a sustainable way.”
International Barcode of Life Consortium
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.