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Providing the tools required

to understand Earth's diversity

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simplifying genomic discovery

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Preserving Biological Diversity...

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Preserving and Understanding
Diversity of Life on Earth

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Preserving and Understanding Earth’s Genomic Biodiversity

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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.

In Global Genomic Collections

3760369

Genomic Sample Records Available for Research in The Global Genome Biodiversity Network

4518

Families Represented in The Global Genome Biodiversity Network

22084

Genera Represented in The Global Genome Biodiversity Network

Samples by Classification

Algae: 2
Animalia: 3518801
Archaea: 840
Bacillariaceae: 24
Bacteria: 32208
Chromalveolata: 16
Chromista: 1236
Eubacteria: 2363
Fungi: 14141
Metazoa: 8
N/A: 1271
null: 139
Plantae: 187396
Protista: 1204
Protoctista: 2
Protozoa: 52
Unknown Kingdom: 1
Viridiplantae: 164

Samples by Type

culture: 25393
DNA: 1669343
environmental sample: 108
eVoucher: 2
observation: 10
specimen: 1693650
tissue: 370173
unknown: 1690