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DNA based species identification

University of Oulu

Identification of biological specimens by DNA barcodes is becoming a new standard. One of the greatest benefits of DNA barcoding is that it works regardless of the individual’s condition or life history stage and the taxonomic group. Rapid growth of comprehensive DNA barcode reference libraries in many nations coupled with unprecedented progress in DNA sequencing technologies is making accurate identification of specimens by their DNA barcodes both cost-efficient and fast. DNA barcoding can be used to identify not only individual specimens, but also bulk samples containing even millions of specimens and environmental DNA.

The workshop lectures will cover an introduction to the concept and idea of DNA barcoding, BOLD and mBRAVE barcode repositories and analyzing tools, international DNA barcoding activities (iBOL), metabarcoding methods and high-throughput sequencing platforms, analyses of ancient DNA, analyses of microbial communities, bioinformatic pipelines of genomic-scale data and use of some ecological analyses using R statistical platform. The practicals will include lab exercises on both standard DNA barcoding and metabarcoding (for Ion Torrent), exercises on using bioinformatics tools and R statistical platform and exercises on using BOLD and mBRAVE.


Course dates
16 December 2019 - 20 December 2019
Course organizer
Marko Mutanen and Seppo Rytkönen
University of Oulu