Examples of possible and performed requests which fall under the scope of BopCo:

  • The justice department demands accurate identifications of forensically important flies to help estimate the post mortem interval.
  • Bird strikes represent a genuine risk for civilian and military planes and authorities need to know the concerned bird species to take appropriate action in order to prevent crashes.
  • The food safety administration wants to confirm the species of clams and escargots on sale in supermarkets to ensure there is no food fraud.
  • The customs agency suspects a confiscated import belonging to a CITES protected species and wishes to know if this concerns illegal trade.
  • The owner of a gardening centre discovers something is harming the new sprouts and asks to identify the organisms so proper steps can be taken to contain and eradicate.
  • A stock farmer needs a quick identification of a parasite/pathogen in order to estimate the risk of further contamination and employ appropriate quarantine procedures.
  • An antiquities dealer is interested in the species identity of animal skin parts processed in a ceremonial mask.

This list of examples is indicative, but by no means limited. Species identification requests will only be executed insofar they comply with the scope of the BopCo project.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith