Major CBOL Projects

CBOL participants invite you to learn more about their projects and to contact them with questions, comments, or a desire to join them in the following major CBOL projects!

  • ABBI, the All Birds Barcoding Initiative, is a campaign to collect DNA barcodes from 5 or more individuals of all of the approximately 10,000 bird species in the world. The ABBI DNA barcode library will help speed discovery of new species, open new avenues for scientific investigation, and provide a forensic tool for identifying specimens, including for example tissue fragments from bird-airplane collisions and avian blood samples from biting insects that harbor West Nile virus or other human disease agents.
  • Bee-BOL, the Bee Barcode of Life Initiative, is a global effort to coordinate the assembly of a standardized reference sequence library for all ~20,000 bee species. Bee-BOL is creating a valuable public resource in the form of an electronic database containing DNA barcodes, images, and geospatial coordinates of examined specimens. The database contains linkages to voucher specimens, information on species distributions, nomenclature, authoritative taxonomic information, collateral natural history information and literature citations.
  • ECBOL is an information and coordination hub on DNA barcoding in Europe organized within EDIT, the European Institute of Taxonomy and maintained by CBS, the Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures in Utrecth. The ECBOL initiative (Calibrating European Biodiversity using DNA Barcodes) is a network of European researchers and is seeking to obtain funding fro the coordination and maintenance of a Network of European Leading Labs.
  • FISH-BOL, the Fish Barcode of Life campaign, is collecting barcodes from at least five specimens representing the 30,000+ species of marine, freshwater and estuarine fish of the world. Like ABBI, FISH-BOL has a central Steering Committee and Regional Working Groups.
  • MarBOL is an international campaign to obtain at least 50,000 barcode records of marine species by October 2010. MarBOL is led by an international Steering Committee and an affiliated project of the Census of Marine Life (CoML).
  • MBI, the Mosquito Barcode Initiative is another "demonstration project" aimed at producing a global operational system for identifying mosquitoes in two years. MBI plans to barcode at least five specimens from 80% of the 3200 known mosquito species. Disease-bearing species and their closest relatives will be the highest priority.
  • 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.

In addition, individuals and research groups have begun to organize smaller barcoding projects. These are posted as Barcoding Case Studies and you're invited to browse and join!

Other Major Barcoding Initiatives

There are many other major barcoding initiatives organized by other barcoding groups.


The International Barcode of Life (iBOL)

Quarantine Barcode of Life (QBOL)