Welcome to the Barcode of Life:: InfoNet, the home of the central publishing node for information regarding the global DNA barcoding initiative. The websites listed below are partners in this initiative and all of them gather information from this node for use on their own sites. Please take a look through the sites to find out more about DNA barcoding.

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Consortium for the Barcode of Life


Synopsis: The Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL) is an international initiative devoted to developing DNA barcoding as a global standard in taxonomy. CBOL has more than 100 Member Organizations from 40 countries.

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All Lepidoptera Barcode of Life Initiative


Synopsis: This initiative will assemble barcodes for 25,000 species of Lepidoptera with a focus on the faunas of Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and North America.

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Fish Barcode of Life Initiative


Synopsis: The Fish Barcode of Life Initiative (FISH-BOL), is a global effort to coordinate an assembly of a standardised reference sequence library for all fish species, one that is derived from voucher specimens with authoritative taxonomic identifications.

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Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding


Synopsis: The Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding (CCDB) is dedicated to the use of DNA barcoding for both the identification and discovery of 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 CCDB plays a special role in leading Canadian contributions to this initiative, with an emphasis on the development of both high-throughput laboratory protocols, and the Barcode of Life Data (BOLD) Systems – an online workbench and database for the global barcoding community.

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Canadian Barcode of Life Network


Synopsis: The Canadian Barcode of Life Network represents the first national network dedicated to large-scale DNA barcoding. The network itself is made up of nearly 50 researchers from across Canada the country who are working towards the development and application of DNA technologies in the area of species identifications.

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