National Biodiversity DNA Library (NBDL)

National Biodiversity DNA Library (NBDL)

National Biodiversity DNA Library (NBDL) 2560 1256 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) – Australia

Australia’s National Biodiversity DNA Library (NBDL) will use cutting edge technology to create DNA reference sequences for Australia’s species from expertly identified specimens held in Australian natural history collections, and make these freely available via an online portal. 

The first priority area for this initiative is to generate whole mitochondrial genomes for all named species of marine vertebrate species that occur in Australia’s oceans. The NBDL will provide a foundation for biomolecular observation and will be key to transforming eDNA biomonitoring in the Australian region. 

This Project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON) 

Start Date: 01/07/2022
End Date: 30/06/2032 

Contact point: Jenny Giles –

challenges: Expand the Global Ocean Observing System, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, Skills, knowledge and technology for all
ocean_basins: Indian Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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