DNA barcodes are short pieces of DNA that clearly differ between animal species, but are more uniform within a species. That is why they are suitable for a genetic identification of a species.
This may be useful to confirm the identity of species that are difficult to recognize on the outside, or of larvae or nymphs of species that are not recognizable in the juvenile stages. Furthermore, DNA barcoding could be a useful part in the taxonomic revision of ‘difficult’ groups and by the description of new species.
In entomological and other zoological research, therefore, DNA barcoding is used more and more. However, the technique is not yet easily available for amateur naturalists who do not have access to a molecular lab and/or the finances to hire a commercial DNA barcoding service.
To help amateur naturalists to make more use of the benefits of DNA barcoding, we offer a DNA barcoding service in the Foundation’s own labs. Please note the following:
Should you be interested, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and use the subject “DNA barcoding”.