Announcing GGBN/Specify Integration

Posted November 15, 2017 - 3:16pm

The Specify Software Project ( is pleased to announce the fruition of a joint software effort with the Global Genome Biodiversity Network ( to facilitate the communication of genetic sample data to the GGBN Portal from biological museums around the world...

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2017 GGBN-GGI Award Call for Proposals

Posted January 31, 2017 - 10:14am

The Awards Program sponsored by the Global Genome Initiative provides funding for projects that support the discoverability of new genetic collections through the Global Genome Biodiversity Network’s Data Portal ( The submission deadline for proposals this year is 1 May 2017. The Proposal Review Committee will consider requests for up to $30,000 with clearly articulated budget justifications.

GGBN 2017 Regional North American Workshop

Posted January 30, 2017 - 4:58pm

The Global Genome Biodiversity Network Workshop on Linking DNA and Tissue Collections in North America
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.
April 11-13, 2017

GGBN 2017 Regional Asian Workshop

Posted November 17, 2016 - 11:00am

The Global Genome Biodiversity Network Workshop on Linking DNA and Tissue Collections in Asia
China National Genebank (CNGB), Shenzhen, China
July 21-22, 2017

Preserving Earth's Plant Diversity

Green plants are one of the most diverse groups of life on Earth. Since the Egyptian Pharaohs started the world's first arboretum, the importance of preserving the diversity of plant life has been understood. Today, all across the world, green houses, arboretums, and seed banks are working to preserve plant diversity. GGI helps to take their missions to the next level with its project: GGI Gardens.

Gathering the Evidence

Smithsonian scientists possess an unparalleled wealth of knowledge about Earth's flora and fauna. They are experts on the Tree of Life and know which organisms to collect. Surprisingly, we only need to sample a small fraction of the planet's species in order to vastly improve our knowledge of its genomic diversity.

Earth’s Bounty, On Ice

Researchers from a variety of disciplines will study the plant and animal samples we gather, today and far into the future. We are preserving them in huge sub-zero freezers, in perpetuity.

The National Museum of Natural History's new biorepository can hold more than 4 million samples. As the tools for decoding genomes improve, researchers can return to these collections to extract new information.

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