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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.

 

Celebrating 150 years of agriculture.

Celebrate with us and visit www.agr.gc.ca/agriculture150

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Uploaded on April 19, 2017