Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 446702
Sist endret: 1. mars 2021 13:27

Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 446702
Sist endret: 1. mars 2021 13:27

Norwegian barcode of life network (NorBOL)


Torbjørn Ekrem
ved Institutt for naturhistorie ved Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet

prosjekteier / koordinerende forskningsansvarlig enhet

  • NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet ved Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet


  • TotalbudsjettNOK 116.677.000
  • Artsdatabanken
    Prosjektkode: 14-14, 70184209
  • Norges forskningsråd
    Prosjektkode: 226134/F50



Matematikk og naturvitenskap


Biologisk mangfold • DNA • Database


  • 1.5 Ressurser og infrastruktur (underbyggende)



  • Bidragsprosjekt


Torbjørn Ekrem


Start: 1. januar 2014 Slutt: 31. desember 2021

Beskrivelse Beskrivelse


Norwegian barcode of life network (NorBOL)

Vitenskapelig sammendrag

Our world is facing a biodiversity crisis. Species are threatened with mass extinction, while probably more than 80% of all species on Earth are unknown to science. Hence, there is an urgent need to find new ways to accelerate the processes of describing, identifying and protecting species. DNA barcoding is a powerful new tool that promises to speed up the identification of known species and the discovery of new ones. The method is based on a simple premise, that each species can be identified by a short standardized gene region, a DNA barcode. A DNA barcode library of species will have enormous scientific and practical applications for all human activities that require species identifications (e.g. food safety, pathogens) and be central for sustainable development in our society. The major challenge at this stage is to build the barcode library. The International Barcode of Life (iBOL) project was launched in September 2010, with the goal of assembling 5 million barcodes representing 500 000 species by the end of 2015. NTNU University Museum is leading the Norwegian barcoding initiative (NorBOL), a network of 16 biodiversity institutions in Norway aiming to build a distributed national infrastructure for DNA barcoding with the goal to barcode 100 000 specimens of 20 000 species from Norway and the Arctic region within five years. All species will be represented by voucher specimens in natural history museum collections and identified by taxonomic experts. Data will be made freely available in the international DNA barcode database (BOLD) and linked to other web-resources for species information (GBIF, Encyclopedia of Life, GenBank, etc). Through the involvement in this large-scale international research enterprise, Norway will contribute significantly to the global effort of  characterizing the world's biodiversity and provide new innovative tools for its discovery, management and conservation.


Aktiv cristin-person

Torbjørn Ekrem

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Institutt for naturhistorie ved Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet

Arild Johnsen

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Evolusjonær kjønnsforskning - SERG ved Universitetet i Oslo

Inger Greve Alsos

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Seksjon for naturvitenskap ved UiT Norges arktiske universitet

Endre Willassen

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved UM, avd. naturhistorie ved Universitetet i Bergen
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Resultater Resultater

Metadata standards and practical guidelines for specimen and DNA curation when building barcode reference libraries for aquatic life.

Rimet, Frédéric; Aylagas, Eva; Borja, Angel; Bouchez, Agnès; Canino, Alexis; Chauvin, Christian; Chonova, Teofana; Čiampor, Fedor; Costa, Filipe O.; Ferrari, Benoit J. D. mfl.. 2021, Metabarcoding and Metagenomics. NTNUVitenskapelig artikkel

Multi-marker DNA metabarcoding reflects tardigrade diversity in different habitats.

Topstad, Lasse; Guidetti, Roberto; Majaneva, Markus; Ekrem, Torbjørn. 2021, Genome. UIT, NTNU, NINAVitenskapelig artikkel

Last Glacial Maximum environmental conditions at Andøya, northern Norway; evidence for a northern ice-edge ecological “hotspot” .

Alsos, Inger Greve; Sjøgren, Per Johan E; Brown, Antony; Gielly, Ludovic; Paus, Aage; Edwards, Mary Elizabeth; Leng, Melenie; Merkel, Marie Føreid; Langdon, Catherine; Bakke, Jostein mfl.. 2020, Quaternary Science Reviews. UIT, UoS, UGA, UIB, BGSVitenskapelig artikkel

Progress and activities in the researcher group «Integrative Taxonomy and DNA barcoding» (TAXA).

Bendiksby, Mika. 2020, INH strategy symposium. NTNUFaglig foredrag

The Essential Role of Taxonomic Expertise in the Creation of DNA Databases for the Identification and Delimitation of Southeast Asian Ambrosia Beetle Species (Curculionidae: Scolytinae: Xyleborini).

Cognato, Anthony Ignacio; Sari, G; Smith, Sarah M.; Beaver, Roger A.; Li, Yousheng; Hulcr, Jiri; Jordal, Bjarte Henry; Kajimura, Hisashi; Lin, C-S; Pham, T mfl.. 2020, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. THAILAND, PSU, VAST, INDONESIA, ND, UoF, INDIA, NTU, MSU, UIBVitenskapelig artikkel
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