Species Identification Made Easy
An online course in DNA Barcoding
- Gain an understanding of DNA-based species identification and discovery.
- Review the historical framework for species identification and learn why DNA barcoding presents an advance in the identification of existing species and discovery of new species.
- Explore barcode workflows and applications in food safety, pest and health management, bio-surveillance, habitat monitoring, ecology, and conservation biology and evolution.
This online course discusses basic knowledge of genetics and the selection of particular molecular markers as standards to identify different taxonomic groups. Use this information to analyze DNA barcode data and interpret the results. Course units will showcase different applications of DNA barcoding with a focus on socio-economic issues.
New Courses in Development
Two new courses are in development and scheduled for Fall, 2016.
- Regulatory and Forensic Applications on DNA Barcoding
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Who Should Take This Course?
Researchers, educators, government regulatory staff, graduate students, forensic staff, lab technicians, museum collection staff, and related fields will gain practical knowledge and skills in DNA Barcoding and species identification and discovery.
DNA Barcoding in the News
- Global Taxonomy Initiative – Nomination for Training – The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) supports training on the application of DNA barcoding in the detection and monitoring of priority invasive alien species, pests and zoonotic disease vectors.
- Federal Investment in Genomics Research – The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to create DNA barcoding tools for early detection of plant pests and mislabelled seafood.
- Oceana Reveals Mislabeling of America’s Favorite Fish: Salmon. DNA testing found that 43% were mislabeled.
- Daily Image – A new image of a specimen from the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario’s expansive and continually growing collection will be posted here daily.
The online course is available to anyone interested in DNA barcoding.
The online course is offered several times each year.
Contact us for more information or find links to Biodiversity of Ontario DNA Barcoding