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At 1:48am on October 12, 2011, Muhammad Umair Khan said…

Hello folks, Its Good to see you. Starting with my Introduction, I am A PLANT Pathologist from Agriculture University Peshawar Pakistan and Doing My Mphill degree in Plant Virology. I am Working With Dr Qasim Hayat Taxonomist and Molecular Phyloginist. Folks we Actually Join the Community For the integration in the BarCode of Life Mega Project.

How We are Beneficial for the Organizati0n? We are Living in an area with immense of Biodiversity and being Local to the Continent we are well aware of the conditions and Biogeography of the group of species we are working on. 

At 8:39pm on April 29, 2010, Michelle van der Bank said…
Dear Matthew,

Is it possible to post the advert below for a postdoc on this site?

Many thanks, Michelle

Postdoctoral position: DNA barcoding of medicinal plants in southern Africa.
by Michelle van der Bank, on April 28th, 2010

Outstanding applicants are sought for a two-year postdoctoral position at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa), focusing on the development of molecular identification methodology (DNA barcoding) for southern African medicinal plants. This will include original research, participation in the assembly and coordination of large-scale international collaborations, participating in the group’s research and supervision and mentoring of postgraduate students. The candidate will be based in the department of Botany & Plant Biotechnology at the University of Johannesburg, will have access to a molecular lab and is expected to do fieldwork in southern Africa.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

1. Applicants must have a PhD by start date of work (no exceptions).
2. Experienced in PCR, DNA sequencing, and related analytical approaches.
3. A strong background in Plant Systematics.
4. Applicants must possess excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
5. Expertise in digital photography will be an asset.

The position is available immediately.

Applicants should send a CV including a brief overview of experience and research interests and two ‘recent’ reference letters to not later than May 20th, 2010. Review of applications will commence May 21st, 2010.
At 11:28am on April 20, 2010, patricia landaverde said…
hello Matthew!
i have some samples of triatomine´s bugs. Are some legs, some of them have at lest 10 years and are saved in ethanol and some others in nothing. Then i have another samples that are DNA isolated and that i use to get ND4 and ITS2 Products. Do you think that this sample could work for barcode sequence or i have to do something special with the sample to make it work?
At 11:10am on March 16, 2010, Peter E. Miller said…
Hi Matthew,

Thanks for your response about sorting discussions. Actually, it was within a particular discussion that I was hoping it would be possible to sort postings, by most recent posting activity. Is that possible?

Thanks, -Peter
At 1:16pm on March 15, 2010, Diego Pignataro said…
Dear Matthew,

I send you this message in this opportunity to ask you if you know how can I do to apply for funds to can send our two students to the ECBOL2 - Portugal this year for learn and present their results that they are developing for their thesis.

Will look forward to hearing from you,


At 10:18am on February 22, 2010, Matthew Fisher said…

Great question. I would recommend the following. First off, create a post in the Forum under the category Community News and Events. You can add a pdf attachment to your post, as well as include a link to the flash version on You could even embed the version in your post, if you are comfortable doing so. Otherwise I'm sure a link will suffice. Also, you might consider asking people to provide you feedback in the forum on the newsletter, as its a great way for people to easily give you their two cents.

As people don't always check the forum routinely, I would also recommend creating a blog post about the newsletter and direct people to the forum post where they can check it out. Its easy to link a forum discussion and a blog post together. Simply copy the URL of the forum discussion once you have posted it, and make that a link in your blog post.

Finally, I would recommend contacting Kris Jett at CBOL about adding a blurb about the newsletter to her next Connect-wide broadcast message.

Let me know if you need any assistance with any of these things.

At 7:08am on February 11, 2010, Filipe Costa said…
Dear Matthew

My apologies for the two last messages. I did not realize that there was a specific forum or events, best wishes
At 6:37am on February 11, 2010, Filipe Costa said…
Dear Colleagues

The online registration and abstract submission for ECBOL2 is now available at

Please note that the conference is open to participants from any country, not only Europe. Contributions can be made in the form of oral presentations and/or posters. We can only accommodate a maximum of 200 participants.

In our website we provide a list of hotels and prices for conference participants. Hotel reservations should be made through the conference travel agency TAGUS (check the website for details). Although the hotel list is not complete yet, we advise conference delegates to make hotel reservations as soon as possible to assure accommodation.

We are very pleased to announce that the ECBOL2 opening keynote on “The Global Status of Biodiversity” will be presented by the distinguished Professor Stuart Pimm (Duke University, NC, USA)

We sincerely hope that you will join us in making ECBOL2 a success. We look forward to welcome you in Braga.


Filipe Costa

Chair ECBOL2
Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology (CBMA)
Department of Biology, University of Minho
Braga, Portugal

At 6:36am on February 11, 2010, Filipe Costa said…
Dear Matthew

I would appreciate very much if you could disseminate the 2nd announcement of ECBOL2 that i send below, and the PDF of ECBOL2 flyer attached.

Thank you very much,
best wishes
filipeflyer ECBOL.pdf
At 6:52am on January 15, 2010, Filipe Costa said…
Dear Matthew

I wonder if you could disseminate the message below for everyone in

Thank you very much
best wishes
filipe costa

European DNA barcoding Conference 2-4 June, Braga, Portugal


Dear Colleagues

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2nd Conference of the European Consortium for the Barcode of Life (ECBOL2): 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, to be held from 2 to 4 of June 2010 at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.

Please visit the ECBOL2 website for more information, and send a message with your name, institution and subject “pré-registration ECBOL2” to to be included in the mailing list and receive email updates of ECBOL2.

We sincerely hope that you will join us in making ECBOL2 a success. We look forward to welcome you in Braga.


Filipe Costa

Chair ECBOL2
Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology (CBMA)
Department of Biology, University of Minho
Braga, Portugal


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