Our Impact

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

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Preserving and Understanding
Diversity of Life on Earth

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Storing genomic collections in one of the Global Genome Biodiversity Network's partner biodiversity repositories.

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


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


Families Represented in The Global Genome Biodiversity Network


Genera Represented in The Global Genome Biodiversity Network

Samples by Classification

Algae: 2
Animalia: 3483163
Archaea: 627
Bacillariaceae: 24
Bacteria: 30332
Chromalveolata: 16
Chromista: 1181
Eubacteria: 2345
Fungi: 14121
Metazoa: 5785
N/A: 915
null: 180
Plantae: 181551
Protista: 1146
Protoctista: 2
Protozoa: 52
Viridiplantae: 53173

Samples by Type

culture: 25218
DNA: 1686124
environmental sample: 22
eVoucher: 2
observation: 8
specimen: 1690604
tissue: 371288
unknown: 1680