Paul Hebert donates USD $100,000 MIDORI prize to iBOL research projects
April 12, 2021

Analysis of 10,000 insect specimens from 11 research sites spanning seven countries has begun at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG), thanks to financial support from Prof. Paul Hebert, iBOL’s scientific director.

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.

Read about Prof. Paul Hebert’s Midori Prize

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.


Country Site
Argentina Calilegua
Australia Busselton
Egypt El-Obour
Georgia Kintrishi
Lebanon Bnebil
Mexico Veracruz
Suriname Paramaribo
Pakistan Jinnah
Pakistan Poonch
Pakistan Bhakkar
Pakistan Thar
Malaise trap deployed in Suriname as part of the Global Malaise Program
Malaise traps deployed in Suriname (above) and Pakistan (below) as part of the Global Malaise Program.
Malaise trap deployed in Pakistan as part of the Global Malaise Program

Media Contacts:


International Barcode of Life 

Hannah James
Manager – Media and Strategic Communications

Global Malaise Program

Centre for Biodiversity Genomics Collections Unit – GMP Coordinator

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