The BGE consortium is undertaking an international effort to sample biological material through fieldwork campaigns and from multiple natural science collections, such as natural history museums and herbaria. The consortium incorporates collections and scientists covering a broad spectrum of taxa and expertise. Citizen scientists will also provide crucial input, through ‘bioblitz’ events and carrying our environmental sampling for eDNA analysis.
All sampling complies with legal and ethical protocols, including the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing, with collecting permits in place. All samples – of both individual organisms and communities – are archived in biobanks to ensure they are accessible for future use and verification.