Infographic: Bugs have barcodes!
Learn how DNA barcoding helps protect crops, agricultural imports and exports.
DNA makes every living thing unique – even bugs.
DNA barcoding, or reading a short sequence of DNA in a living thing, is a fast, cost effective, and accurate way to identify one species of insect from another.
Scientists can use DNA barcodes to track:
- whether bugs are native, invasive or should be quarantined;
- where bugs are moving and population sizes.
DNA barcodes are recorded in national and international databases.
Bugs registered in this database can be identified in seconds.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is taking the lead on creating thousands of DNA barcodes for the databases.
Fast identification of bugs as friend or foe helps to determine best pest-control measures, protect Canada’s ecosystem and improves trade.
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