ForBio and STIRs course: DNA barcoding - from theory to applications

The course aims to present a broad view of the DNA barcoding techniques for species/OTU:s identification. The concept, databases, theory, applications, techniques, e-DNA, larvae, soil, gut content, etc, etc. Pitfalls, drawbacks and advantages will be highlighted. Sessions contain lectures, laptop exercises and discussions. We will broadly cover different organism groups (fungi, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, marine organisms).

Learning targets:
• Understanding of the barcoding concept (including metabarcoding)
• Knowledge of e-DNA methods
• Knowledge of applications for barcoding
• Basic understanding of advanced techniques in lab and analysis

Per Sundberg, professor at GU, ( will be moderating the course. A number of teachers (names announced later) are responsible for different parts of the course. Participants are expected to read literature prior to the course, and take active part in all sessions.

Target group: PhD students, master students, researchers, consultants, government officials/museum staff - with relevant background in biology.
Recommended course credits: 2,5 ECTS
Number of participants: Maximum 20.
Fee: No course fee. ForBio members that are PhD-students or PostDocs in Norway can have travel and accommodation expenses covered. Lunch is provided by the course organizers.
Registration: Register with a short CV indicating the nature and stage of your interest or research project – at the latest, July 10. Priority will be given to students/researchers enrolled in the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative and to members of ForBio, should the maximum number of participants be exceeded.

Registration (or questions): Malin Strand, Coordinator STI, e-mail: tel: +46 705654246. Download the course flyer.

Suggestions for accommodation: Within walking distance from the Zoology house there are hostels, e.g. Linnéplatsens vandrarhem ( or Slottsskogens vandrarhem (

Published Mar. 29, 2016 2:57 PM