The iBOL global alliance represents a formidable array of nations, research institutes, scientists and private sector partners, reflecting the reality that its research program demands an alliance between nations with high biodiversity and those with the infrastructure for DNA sequence analysis.
The iBOL global partnership currently involves 25 nations arranged in the following collaborative configuration:
4 Central Nodes
Canada, China, European Union (France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom) and the United States will have primary responsibility in funding and coordinating iBOL and in supporting its core analytical facilities and data archives.
10 Regional Nodes
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Russia and South Africa will oversee regional barcode efforts; additionally, New Zealand and Norway will lead barcoding programs in the Antarctic and Arctic respectively.
6 National Nodes
Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Kenya, Madagascar and Panama will augment national biodiversity surveys via barcoding. Their researchers will assemble specimens and interpret results but will often use sequencing facilities in the Central Nodes.