Revealing species, their interactions, and dynamics
to illuminate biodiversity by developing globally accessible, DNA-based systems for the discovery and identification of all multicellular life.
This work has urgency if we are to effectively address biodiversity loss on our planet.
After successful completion of BARCODE 500K in 2015, the iBOL Consortium began planning its next research program – BIOSCAN – officially launched on June 16, 2019.
Estimated to cost $180 million, BIOSCAN will revolutionize our understanding of biodiversity and our capacity to manage it.
BIOSCAN will involve more than a 1000 researchers from over 30 countries.
Our planet is an island of life in the cosmos. DNA barcoding has been aiding species discovery for 15 years, but millions of species await analysis.
BIOSCAN will use new protocols and sequencing platforms to increase the pace of analysis while decreasing cost. Ten million specimens from freshwater, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems will be analysed.
Generate barcode coverage for 2M species
No organism is an island; it is a complex ecosystem. Species interactions are central to the functioning of biological systems, but most remain unknown.
BIOSCAN will use taxonomically targeted primer sets on the DNA extract from single specimens to reveal their commensals, mutualists, parasites and parasitoids – the
Reveal species interactions by targeting the symbiome
Biodiversity is in retreat, and current monitoring programs provide sparse insights into the shifting distributions and abundances of species.
BIOSCAN will employ metabarcoding to lay the foundation for an earth observation system. It will examine biological communities from at least half the world’s ecoregions to begin the task of compiling comprehensive biodiversity baselines.
Scan biological communities at 2,000 sites
BIOSCAN Funding & News
5.3-million € funding will activate specialized research team to reveal “dark taxa” in little-known but important insect groups.
$50M in kind specimen collection