DNA Barcodes for Zooplankton

Several CMarZ laboratories focus on molecular systematic analysis of zooplankton groups. Each laboratory ensures storage, archiving, and vouchering of specimens sent by CMarZ researchers, who may be focused on taxonomic, morphological, or ecological studies. A DNA sequence appropriate for species identification and discovery (i.e., a DNA barcode, Hebert et al. 2003, Stoeckle 2003) is selected for each zooplankton taxon. Identified specimens are sequenced within a reasonable time frame, and the DNA sequences submitted to the GenBank molecular database (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov). Voucher specimens and voucher DNA are permanently maintained by the molecular laboratory, and are accessible for scientific study.

For additional information see:

   Consortium for the Barcode of Life
   More about DNA barcoding
   Marshall (2005) Science 307: 1037
   Barcode Blog by Mark Stoeckle at the Rockefeller Univ.