[Annelida] Call for samples for DNA Barcoding

Dirk Steinke via annelida%40net.bio.net (by dsteinke from uoguelph.ca)
Tue Jun 7 10:11:28 EST 2011

Dear colleagues,

Maybe some of you have already heard of the International Barcode of 
Life project iBOL (iBOL.org). A few are perhaps already part of this one 
way or the other. In case you haven't heard of it here in short:

iBOL's key scientific deliverable is the assembly of a DNA barcode 
reference library for at least 500K species by 2015. The barcode 
reference library - Barcode of Life Data Systems - currently contains 
records for more than 100,000 species derived from well over a million 
The iBOL Marine Bio-Surveillance Working Group is building the barcode 
reference library needed to deliver a newly sophisticated capacity for 
monitoring marine life. Access to specimens was enhanced substantially 
by the activities of the Census of Marine Life and MarBOL, which had 
collection programs underway in many regions, however there is still a 
long way to go. iBOL's goal is to assemble a barcode library for 100,000 
species, a total that will provide coverage for half the world's marine 
fauna and macroalgae.

The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario is increasingly seeking tissue 
sample collections (frozen or in enthanol) of marine animals to further 
build the barcode library described above. Our funding allows for the 
necessary lab work to obtain COI sequences for tissue we receive 
although there is a limit for representatives per putative species. For 
further information and if you are interested, or if you happen to have 
a collection of marine annelids you think is suitable for DNA sequencing 
please get in touch with Dirk Steinke dsteinke from uoguelph.ca.

Dr. Dirk Steinke
Lead Scientist Barcoding of Marine Life
Biodiversity Institute of Ontario
University of Guelph
579 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 2W1 Canada
tel. 1-519-824-4120 <callto:+11-519-824-4120> ext. 53759
fax 1-519-767-1656 <callto:+11-519-767-1656>
eMail: dsteinke from uoguelph.ca

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