About Us

The purpose of this website is to provide up-to-date information on fungal barcoding and to facilitate communication and the development of collaboration among researchers interested in this topic.

DNA barcoding is the use of short, standardized segments of the genome for identification of species in all the Kingdoms of Life. The goal of this All Fungi Barcoding site is to promote the DNA barcoding of the Kingdom Fungi and other fungus-like organisms.

Fungi are a large, diverse and economically important group of organisms. Estimates of the actual number of fungal species vary widely, from about 1.5 million to 13.5 million, with fewer than 100,000 now known. Some fungi have relatively complex and conspicuous morphologies, but others have very simple morphologies; many fungi have been detected using DNA sequences, but have never been seen. Because of their cryptic nature, fungal species are particularly suitable for DNA-based identification.

Fungal barcoding provides unique opportunities and challenges. The International Subcommission on Fungal Barcoding (a subcommission of the International Commission on the Taxonomy of Fungi) has been established to promote and coordinate research on this topic. We welcome the ideas and participation of mycologists from all countries, working with any group of fungi and fungus-like organisms.