If you wish to send us material for species identification, please contact us and fill in the Request Sample Identification form. This form is meant to provide us with details of your sample(s) and the context of your application. It will allow us to evaluate your request in the light of the scope of BopCo and to decide on whether the request is eligible and if so, how best to proceed. Since the suitable identification method as well as potential associated costs depend on various criteria, we would like to ask you to fill in the form as completely as possible. After receiving the identification request we will get back to you as soon as possible to inform you about what BopCo potentially can do for you.
Biological samples sent to BopCo for identification can take various shapes going from whole specimens, body parts, fresh (tissue) samples, to dried or processed tissue. However, the state and quality of the samples is likely to influence downstream procedures (e.g. DNA extraction) and we therefore advise to send in samples which are as fresh as possible to ensure DNA integrity.
The output of each assignment is a report containing the identification of the sample(s) submitted, details on the identification procedure, the DNA barcoding sequence(s) if applicable, background information on the organism and possible literature references.