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Welcome to the North American campaign of the Lepidoptera Barcode of Life.

The lepidopteran fauna of Canada and United States includes some 12500 known species and perhaps 2500 more await description. Many of the tundra and boreal forest species also occur in Eurasia, but more southerly regions are dominated by a fauna that is largely endemic to North America. Because past taxonomic work has been intensive, this fauna provides an excellent situation to test the effectiveness of DNA barcodes in the discrimination of known species. It additionally provides an opportunity to test if DNA barcodes can reveal species overlooked by past taxonomic work and to examine if barcodes can resolve uncertain synonymies.

Three organizations are providing key support for this campaign. Researchers at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in Washington and their counterparts at Agriculture Canada’s National Insect Collection in Ottawa are leading the taxonomic work, while their institutions are serving as primary repositories for barcoded specimens. Researchers at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario play a complementary role; they are responsible for the acquisition, curation and analysis of barcode records. The actual project team is substantially larger because other contributors are aiding specimen collections and identifications.

iBOL Overview
The International Barcode of Life project (iBOL) is the largest biodiversity genomics initiative ever undertaken. Work over the past five years has produced DNA barcode records for more than 50,000 species and laid the groundwork for the official launch of iBOL in July 2010. More than 25 countries are involved and major commitments have been made toward the Phase 1 operating budget of $150 million.

By 2015, consortium members will have entered DNA barcode records from 5 million specimens representing 500,000 species into the interactive Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD), creating the foundation for a subsequent push towards a DNA barcode reference library for all of Earth’s eukaryotes.

iBOL is a not-for-profit organization overseen by an international board of directors representing funding organizations. The iBOL Secretariat is housed by the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph.


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