Barcoding Projects

There are many international barcoding activities dedicated to the development of targeted public reference BARCODE sequence libraries.

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Polar Barcode of Life (PolarBOL)

The Polar Barcode of Life campaign coordinates barcoding efforts in ongoing bioinventory projects in Arctic and Antarctic marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.

Quarantine Barcode of Life (QBOL)

QBOL is a project financed by the 7th Framework Program of the European Union that makes collections harboring plantpathogenic quarantine organisms available. Informative genes from selected species on the EU Directive and EPPO lists are DNA barcoded from vouchered specimens. In the next 3 year the sequences, together with taxonomic features, will be included in an internet-based database system.

Shark Barcode of Life (SharkBOL)

The Shark Barcode of Life project aims to barcode the 1,000 marine and 100 freshwater shark species.

Sponge Barcoding Project (SpongeBOL)

The Sponge Barcoding Project is the first global barcoding project on any diploblast taxon and covers the complete taxonomic range of Porifera.

Tephritid Barcode Initiative (TBI)

TBI, the Tephritid Barcode Initiative is a two-year "demonstration project" that will create an operational system for identifying fruit flies around the world. TBI will barcode at least five representatives of all tephritid fruit flies that are either (1) agricultural pests, (2) beneficial species used for biological control of other pests, (3) closely related to pests or beneficial species; and (4) representative species from other families of tephritids. TBI plans to obtain barcodes from approximately 2000 species of the estimated 4500 known tephritid species.

Trichoptera Barcode of Life (TrichopteraBOL)

Trichoptera Barcode of Life is a long-term project to barcode the world’s approximately 13,000 species of caddisflies.

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CBOL Protist Working Group (ProWG)

The Protist Working Group is charged with the task of establishing the standard BARCODE region(s) for protists. Once approved, this standard will undoubtedly spark a wide range of barcoding projects in protist taxonomy, ecology, environmental monitoring, and other areas. 

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