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Scientists to advance fungal DNA barcoding in China

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    A symposium on establishing China's system of fungal DNA barcodes was recently held in CAS Institute of Microbiology (IM), the key topic of which is how to advance China's fungal barcoding and join into the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL), an international initiative devoted to developing DNA barcoding as a global standard for the identification of biological species.

    Hundred some scholars and graduate students in bioinformatics or microbiology participated in the discussion. ZHANG Yaping with the CAS Kunming Institute of Zoology made a report on "DNA barcoding technology and CBOL" and WEI Jiangchun with the IM on "fungal barcoding in CBOL and its research plan". Participants held an animated discussion on the topics.

    China is now considered one of the four core taches of the CBOL program. Our scientists feel the pressure and responsibility to fulfill the task of advancing fungal barcoding, which is an indispensable part in both domestic and international barcoding grograms.

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