BopCo Projects

A prerequisite to use DNA barcoding is the availability of comprehensive and reliable reference barcode libraries.Therefore, BopCo also contributes to populating DNA barcode databases of taxa of policy concern. To this end, BopCo produces new DNA barcodes, which comply with the Barcode of Life Database (BOLD) standards and which are made publically available through the BOLD platform.

BopCo is constantly looking for partnerships with other taxonomic experts, research teams, governmental agencies, etc. If you are interested in collaborating with BopCo or just want more information on potential joint projects, please do not hesitate to contact us for more details.

Ongoing Projects

Name Description Policy Concern Category BopCo Coordinator Partner
MEMO DNA-based identification of Belgian mosquito species in the framework of country-scale monitoring. The main aim of this project is to identify points of entry of exotic species. Public Health Nathalie Smitz Institute of Tropical Medicine
RBINS Entomology Collection
GS DNA-based identification of intermediate slug and snail hosts, in the framework of an epidemiological survey in Greece. Parasitology Yoo Ree Van Bourgonie

School of Veterinary MedicineAristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

IAS Assessing the usefulness of the sequence data available in reference databases for the identification of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) listed on the 1143/2014 Regulation of the European Commission. Invasive species

Nathalie Smitz, Kenny Meganck, Sophie Gombeer, Yoo Ree Van Bourgonie

BIFIR Barcoding and identification of forensically important rovebeetles (Staphylinidae) in Belgium. Forensics Kenny Meganck National Institute for Criminalistics and Criminology
Gembloux Agro-Bio-Tech
BaFiS Verifying the correctness of the labels of  fish and seafood samples from supermarkets and fishmongers, including a large range of taxa and processing methods. Food traceability, Public health, Conservation Sophie Gombeer  
Bushmeat The availability of Bushmeat in Brussels, Belgium. Endangered Species, Public Health, Food security and traceability Sophie Gombeer  

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