A one-day symposium on metagenomics and environmental DNA took place on Friday 19 April 2013 in Brussels. This symposium was organised by the Joint Experimental Molecular Unit of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) and of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) and the Provincial Institute for Hygiene (PIH-Antwerpen).
A joint publication by the FWO research community “Belgian Network for DNA barcoding” (BeBoL) is being prepared. It will include contributions of members of the BeBoL network and participants of the ECBOL3 conference.
Molecular systematic studies provide biologists, and particularly taxonomists, with a wealth of data that enable a far better assessment and understanding of Earth's biodiversity, than hitherto was possible with traditional, morphology-based approaches. As such, molecular systematics plays a pivotal role in (1) the recognition, identification and classification of taxonomic units, (2) the assessment of patterns of inter- and intraspecific biodiversity, and (3) the reconstruction of the historical and spatial relationships among taxonomic entities. In short: molecular systematics has become a research discipline that is essential to study the evolution of the biodiversity on Earth.
Here is the list of the current members of the Belgian network for DNA Barcoding. If your research unit conducts projects related to DNA Barcoding, your are welcome to contact us. All members briefly presented their activities at the informal meeting “Towards a Belgian network of DNA barcoding laboratories” organized by JEMU on June 28th 2010.
Welcome to the Belgian Network for DNA Barcoding
The Belgian Network for DNA Barcoding aims at establishing a research network that provides an integrated and multidisciplinary molecular systematic and DNA barcoding task force. The network will:
1. coordinate the efforts and knowledge in the field of molecular systematics and DNA barcoding in Belgium
2. exchange experience and provide training opportunities for people in the field of molecular systematics and DNA barcoding
3. stimulate joint reseach in animal and plant groups where molecular systematics and DNA barcoding plays a pivotal role
4. centralize and integrate DNA barcoding activities in Belgium in international initiatives such as the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL), the European Consortium for the Barcode of Life (ECBOL) and the International Barcode of Life project (iBOL).
BeBol encourages publishing in :
The European Journal of Taxonomy (EJT), an international, fully electronic and Open Access journal, which complies with the EU Gold Open Access rules,