INTRODUCTION TO DNA BARCODING
Introduced as a method to accelerate species identification and discovery, DNA barcoding has gained wide adoption by biodiversity scientists and is attracting growing interest from government researchers and enforcement agency officials. Thus, this workshop is targeting a broad audience including graduate students, academic scientists, and government employees. The workshop will equip the participants with knowledge that enables scientific discovery through DNA barcoding. The workshop will be divided in two sections.
The morning session (Barcode libraries) will provide an overview of the fundamental principles of DNA barcoding and its biological and technical limitations. Presentations in this session will focus on genetic markers requirements and community data standards as well as best practices for specimen preparation and analytical workflows throughout wet lab procedures and bioinformatic analysis.
The afternoon session (When species identification matters) will cover recent advances and future trends in DNA barcoding science and its applications. Presentation in this session will offer guidance on method modifications that are most suited for use of DNA barcoding in identification of species to detect food fraud and combat the illegal trade in endangered species, to track vector-borne diseases, to analyze diets and study host-parasitoid interactions.
Organizers: Evgeny Zakharov and Michelle van der Bank