Addressing biodiversity loss

iBOL Europe

DNA barcoding for species identification and biomonitoring

  • A European framework

iBOL Europe is a European node of the International Barcode of Life consortium. A regional nexus for the DNA barcoding community.

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  • Blog

    DNA barcoding of invertebrates inhabiting subterranean environments – the case of Western Carpathian epikarst

    Guest blog by Aleksandra Jablonska and Michał GrabowskiThe world is inhabited by a huge diversity of invertebrate species, some of which remain particularly understudied. The reasons for this depend, among other things, on species habitats and their accessibility for researchers....

  • Events

    February 26th: Webinar on Development of curated reference libraries

    Development of curated DNA-barcode reference libraries for species in Europe When? February 26th from 14.30-16.00h CET How to join? Join our community though this form to receive your invitation   DNA barcode reference libraries underpin effective biodiversity monitoring. Great progress...

  • Events

    Survey about Education on Biodiversity Genomics in Europe: opportunities & gaps

    Facilitating knowledge sharing & supporting training of the new generation of researchers working in the field of Biodiversity Genomics - that is one of the main missions of iBOL Europe.   However, to be able to provide relevant education opportunities...

  • What is DNA barcoding?

DNA barcoding uses short segments of DNA to identify species. A scalable solution to provide biomonitoring data to address biodiversity loss.

  • Our vision

To support the DNA barcoding communities of European nations, to conduct impactful DNA-based biomonitoring, to sustain and improve planetary biodiversity.

Paul Herbert

“European researchers have played a central role in the iBOL consortium since its launch in 2010. iBOL Europe will amplify these impacts by coordinating a scientific community with the capacity to reverse the loss of biodiversity. It’s a model for the rest of our world.”

Paul Hebert

Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity, University of Guelph
Scientific Director and Board Chair, iBOL

About us

Learn about the origin, activities, organisation and institutional membership of our community.

  • Who is doing what?

Explore the European DNA barcoding landscape from new initiatives through to established iBOL nodes.

  • Information portal

Find resources to support your DNA barcoding science and wider barcoding engagement activities.

Hands in the dirt
  • Does our vision resonate with you?

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Benefit from our bi-monthly meetings, resources and communications to help shape the future of DNA barcoding in Europe.