Castle co-authors Kunming Declaration
Castle co-authors Kunming Declaration on the Promotion of DNA Barcoding and Biodiversity Science made on 31 October 2013.
The 5th International Barcode of Life Conference took place on 27 â€“ 31 October 2013 in Kunming, China. The conference coincided with the 10th Anniversary of DNA barcoding, which was proposed in 2003, and led to the largest-ever genomics initiative to create a digital identification system of every species in the world.
Under the theme, Global Change and the Barcode of Life: Challenges and Opportunities, the conference brought together an international cohort of delegates to discuss scientific advances in DNA barcoding and its wide-ranging socio-economic applications.
To mark the closing of the conference, the Kunming Declaration on the Promotion of DNA Barcoding and Biodiversity Science was made on 31 October 2013 at the Kunming Institute of Botany. Recognising the rapid expansion and diffusion of this technology, along with its great potential for scientific and social impact and the need for best practices in governance, the declaration sets out the goals of an international coordinating organisation for DNA barcoding.
As one of the authors of the declaration, Innogen Institute Director, Prof David Castle said, â€œThrough this declaration, we hope to further galvanise the barcoding and biodiversity science communities into an international community that will uphold the highest standards for scientific practice and derive social benefit therefrom.â€