The International Barcode of Life (iBOL) is a collaborative research alliance spanning 26 nations working to build a global DNA barcode reference library for all species on earth. To date, iBOL has contributed over 500K species to BOLD since its inception in October 2010.
The Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) is an informatics workbench aiding the acquisition, storage, analysis, and publication of DNA barcode records. By assembling molecular, morphological, and distributional data, it bridges a traditional bioinformatics chasm. BOLD is freely available to any researcher with interests in DNA barcoding.
Through the International Barcode of Life (iBOL), DNA barcoding has proved itself to be a powerful tool on a scale previously unprecedented in the biodiversity sciences. As we enter what scientists are calling the Sixth Extinction, the Planetary Biodiversity Mission (PBM) seeks to establish DNA barcoding as a global megascience with the goal of DNA sequencing all species on earth before they are lost forever.
Units: Education & Outreach, Collections, Genomics, Informatics
The School Malaise Trap Program (SMTP) encourages students to become actively engaged citizen scientists through hands-on and inquiry-based learning. Through SMTP, students’ efforts contribute valuable data directly to the International Barcode of Life project. Over one thousand new species to BOLD have been discovered since this project began in 2013.
Units: Collections, International Programs
The Global Malaise Trap Program (GMP) is an international collaboration between the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics and over thirty international contributors. The program represents the first step towards the acquisition of detailed temporal and spatial information on terrestrial arthropod communities across the globe.