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Who is CBOL?
CBOL is an international initiative of more than 130 Member Organizations.  They have chosen an Executive Committee which oversees the CBOL’s activities.  A Scientific Advisory Board, four Working Groups and a Secretariat Office all report to the Executive Committee

CBOL and the Barcode Initiative have grown rapidly since DNA barcoding was first proposed in late 2002...

More than 130 organizations from 43 countries across 6 continents have joined the Consortium for the Barcode of Life...


To explore and develop the potential of DNA barcoding as a practical tool for species identification in taxonomic research, biodiversity studies and conservation, and diverse applications that use taxonomic information in service to science and society.

Upcoming Meetings
Plan your year around the 2006-2007 CBOL events...

Contact Information
The CBOL Secretariat Office is located in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

  Barcode of Life Secretariat c/o National Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 37012 MRC 105, Washington, DC 20013-7012, Tel: +1-202-633-0808, Fax: +1-202-633-2938