Upon receiving the 2020 Midori Prize for Biodiversity last fall, Hebert announced that he would donate his prize winnings to locations challenged by lack of access to funding for DNA barcoding and analysis. Hebert’s lab is currently analyzing Malaise trap samples collected from Argentina, Australia, Egypt, Georgia, Lebanon, Mexico, Suriname, and Pakistan.
The research site locations are part of the Global Malaise Program (GMP), an international collaboration between the CBG and dozens of contributors worldwide. GMP aims to acquire detailed temporal and spatial information on terrestrial arthropod communities across the globe. Two million specimens have already been sequenced, resulting in more than 153,000 species identifications.
GMP is also a part of iBOL’s seven-year BIOSCAN research program, involving researchers in 40 nations.
Malaise traps deployed in Suriname (above) and Pakistan (below) as part of the Global Malaise Program.
International Barcode of Life
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.