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...

Requires Global Collaboration

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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

Animalia: 2473525
Archaea: 834
Bacillariaceae: 2
Bacteria: 31040
Chromista: 1615
Eubacteria: 1684
Fungi: 2659
N/A: 927212
Plantae: 229431
Protista: 288
Protozoa: 51

Samples by Type

culture: 25218
DNA: 1669135
environmental sample: 141
eVoucher: 2
observation: 8
specimen: 1682051
tissue: 287432
unknown: 4697