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Barcoding life: useful links

This is a list of additional resources for the Barcoding life theme.

International initiatives

Barcode of Life Database (BOLD)
The Barcode of Life Database (BOLD) is being used to assemble standard information on voucher specimens using common description fields. These include DNA tag, specimen taxonomy, specimen details, collection information and voucher picture. It is a dynamic environment that allows taxonomic revisions and reassignment of the deposited sequences.

Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL)
The Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL) is maintained by the National Museum of Natural History in the United States. CBOL aims to promote and develop DNA barcoding as a global standard for the identification of biological species.

International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL)
The International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL) goal is to assemble a library of DNA barcodes and develop technology that can identify species rapidly and inexpensively. iBOL plans to analyse 5 million specimens representing 500,000 species over 5 years (starting in 2007).

Major CBOL projects

All Birds Barcoding Initiative (ABBI)
The All Birds Barcoding Initiative (ABBI) is collecting DNA barcodes from 5 or more individuals of all of the approximately 10,000 bird species in the world.

FISH-BOL, the Fish Barcode of Life campaign, is collecting DNA barcodes from 5 or more specimens representing more than 30,000 species of marine, freshwater and estuarine fish of the world.

MarBOL is an international campaign to obtain at least 50,000 DNA barcodes of marine species by October 2010. MarBOL is an affiliated project of the Census of Marine Life (CoML).

Bee-BOL, the Bee Barcode of Life Initiative, is a global effort to coordinate the assembly of a standardised reference sequence library for all of the approximately 20,000 bee species.

Other barcoding-related sites

ECBOL is an information and coordination hub on DNA barcoding in Europe organised within EDIT, the European Institute of Taxonomy, and maintained by CBS, the Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures in Utrecth.

Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding (CCDB)
The Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding (CCDB) is using DNA barcoding to identify and discover species. Based at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph, the CCDB is a member of the international barcoding effort coordinated by the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL).

The barcode blog
A blog containing articles about DNA barcoding from Mark Stoeckle, Rockefeller University, New York.


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