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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.


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Uploaded on April 19, 2017