Our Impact

Providing the tools required

to understand Earth's diversity

more info

Our Global Partners

Preserving Biological Diversity...

Requires Global Collaboration

More Info

luna moth

Opportunities

Employment,

Fellowship and

Intern Opportunities

More Info

Collecting with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama

Discover Program Areas

Genomics...

The biggest transformation in how we study
life on Earth since Darwin

More Info

Learn About Global Genome Initiative

Preserving and Understanding
Diversity of Life on Earth

More Info

1
2
3
4
5

Preserving and Understanding Earth’s Genomic Biodiversity

Welcome

Find answers...

The Global Genome Initiative (GGI) is a bold, science-based endeavor to capture and understand the Earth's genomic biodiversity, preserve it on ice in biorepositories worldwide, and make it accessible to researchers everywhere through the Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN)—in perpetuity.

By gathering and safeguarding organisms from the Tree of Life, GGI will ensure that researchers can tap into nature to solve scientific and societal problems.

Nearly everything we hope to learn about life and how it has evolved can be uncovered through genomics. GGI will make it possible to discover new species and relationships, explore nature's spectacular innovations and illuminate the inner-workings of ecosystems and how they support us.

 Answers to questions that were once beyond our limits are now within reach, because of the Global Genome Initiative.

Ambitious. Critical. Possible.

Samples by Classification

Animalia: 257113
Archaea: 862
Bacteria: 27505
Chromista: 231
Fungi: 14614
Metazoa: 71
N/A: 34640
Plantae: 178902
Protozoa: 14
Viridiplantae: 3

Samples by Type

culture: 21589
DNA: 125483
environmental sample: 74
eVoucher: 2
specimen: 109158
tissue: 252074
unknown: 6019