Biodiversity Genomics Europe

Europe’s drive to reverse biodiversity loss through genomics research.


AN OVERARCHING MISSION…

The Biodiversity Genomics Europe (BGE) project has the overriding aim of accelerating the use of genomic science to enhance understanding of biodiversity, monitor biodiversity change, and guide interventions to address its decline.


… WITH AN OVERARCHING APPROACH:

To support its delivery, BGE will bring together two newly formed networks: BIOSCAN Europe, which focuses on DNA barcoding, and the European Reference Genome Atlas (ERGA), which focuses on genome sequencing.


SCALING UP GENOMIC SCIENCE

BGE will tackle three fundamental task: Improving the capacity, production and application of biodiversity genomics in Europe. That translates into a set of fundamental goals. See a brief description of them here.


PROJECT PREMISE

One in four known species are threatened with extinction worldwide. Addressing this global biodiversity crisis requires an understanding of the diversity of life on Earth, how it functions and interacts, and how it responds to different environmental pressures. Time is of the essence.

Two key strands of genomic science have revealed themselves as crucial for addressing this complex challenge: large-scale DNA barcoding and large-scale genome sequencing. Both strands make up the pillars of BGE. Know more.

BGE TO WATCH

BGE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE…

  • By establishing the European Nodes of iBOL (BIOSCAN Europe) and EBP (ERGA).
  • By building comprehensive barcode reference libraries for European pollinators and key indicator species for freshwater and marine biomonitoring.
  • By producing reference genomes from 350-500 species assembled and annotated and publicly available.
  • By establishing and implementing protocols harmonising DNA biomonitoring and assessments of genome wide diversity in taxa and systems.
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BGE’s EUROPEAN STRENGTH

Biodiversity Genomics Europe brings together two continental-wide networks involving more than 200 European organisations. They are represented in the project by more than 30 participating partners across 20 countries.

BGE IN NUMBERS

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1 September 2022
28 February 2026
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