Mapping a very huge biodiversity from a very diverse nation like India is a great challenge. It needs intensive teamwork with dedication, advanced infrastructure and funds. We have installed basic infrastructure required for DNA barcoding initiative through the funds from various Indian funding agencies, which is under operation from couple of months.Being a scientific steering committee member, International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL) we understand our national participation to DNA barcoding initiative is negligible. Our country is among the one of the mega biodiversity hotspots with tremendous biological diversity. Its mapping, digitization, correct identification and applying universally accepted methods like DNA barcoding is the dire need.
In response and learning various developments in the field with different countries, we have planned a dedicated centre for DNA barcoding and Biodiversity Studies, hence after will be recognized as “Paul Hebert Centre for DNA Barcoding and Biodiversity Studies” (PHCDB2S). This centre is named in the honor of the great Canadian Scientist, Paul Hebert, who is the “father of DNA barcoding” who discovered DNA based animal identification system and started Global initiative in this field with his able team work.
Our organization is actively involved in this initiative from year 2008. Now it is expected to have aggressive involvement of researchers from different fields of biodiversity groups for DNA barcoding studies so as to make every species count.
Although we work on various branches on Biology field like, Vertebrates, Land Plants, Fungi, Human and Veterinary Pathogens and Zoonoses, Agricultural and Forestry Pests and their Parasitoids, Pollinators, Fresh Water Bio-Surveillance, Marine Bio-Surveillance, Terrestrial Bio-Surveillance etc, still we have devided the work process in three main groups as follows.
Field work uptill now and our panorama.
Wet Lab work is alienated into 4 different steps as follow.
Dry lab work Catalog’s the life in the molecular format.