Environment

Biodiversity: Barcoding for easy identification of new species

DNA barcoding is a methodology for rapidly and accurately identifying species.

The Union Cabinet approved an MoU between Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), an organization under Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and International Barcode of Life (iBOL), a Canadian not-for-profit corporation.

ZSI and iBOL have come together for further efforts in DNA barcoding, a methodology for rapidly and accurately identifying species by sequencing a short segment of standardized gene regions and comparing individual sequences to a reference database.

iBOL is a research alliance involving nations that have committed both human and financial resources to enable expansion of the global reference database, the development of informatics platforms, and/or the analytical protocols needed to use the reference library to inventory, assess, and describe biodiversity.

The MoU will enable ZSI to participate at the Global level programmes like Bioscan and Planetary Biodiversity Mission.

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