Projects

iBOL

International Barcode of Life

Units: All

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.

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BOLD

Barcode of Life Data Systems

Unit: Informatics

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.

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PBM

Planetary Biodiversity Mission

Units: All

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.

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BIObus

BIObus

Units: Collections, Education & Outreach

The BIObus is the mobile field research vehicle of the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, located a the University of Guelph in south-western Ontario, Canada.

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LifeScanner

LifeScanner

Units: Informatics, Education & Outreach

LifeScanner is the first ever consumer-ready DNA barcode species identification kit. Through LifeScanner, citizen scientists can make use of modern DNA technologies to better understand the world around them.

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School Malaise Trap Program

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.

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Global Malaise Program

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.

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