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Providers from all over the world are invited to make their genomic samples (tissues & DNA) and data available regardless of whether the focus is on a narrow or wide geographic area, a particular taxonomic group or an entire kingdom.

The web portal is now established and open for the integration of collections worldwide.


  • Non-human DNA and tissue samples with relevant digital voucher images including full documentation can be provided via a central web portal, thus improving efficient searching for GBIF-referenced tissue and DNA samples.
  • Original sample and specimen data remain locally to administrators in specimen databases held by the collection providers but are made available via a centralised search engine. Queries are made using the approved GBIF wrapper. For accelerated searches, an index database of the portal holds some parameters (indexed) that are periodically updated.
  • DNA samples of interest can be compiled easily into a pre-order by a potential customer. The pre-order will then be directed to the provider/collection holder of the DNA samples. The sample provider is responsible for making a binding offer, negotiating the terms, and finally processing the order.
  • GGBN Code of Conduct and guidance on Best Practice are also available via GGBN's document library, as part of GGBN's Access and Benefit Sharing Guidance package.
  • DNA and tissue samples within collections can be (temporarily) blocked from delivery. These samples are searchable but can not be ordered.
  • As another special feature tissue samples and specimens suitable for on-demand DNA extraction can also be offered.
  • DNA samples can be linked to additional information such as GenBank and BOLD entries or publications.
  • The cooperation is at present free of charge and is easily accomplished if collection databases are GBIF compatible.


  • DNA and tissue collections preferably from scientific collections or biological resource centres with molecular laboratory units.
  • Accordance and legal compliance with international species protection and trade conventions such as CBD or CITES as well as national conservation law is implicit.
  • A minimum of 500 tissue or DNA samples per provider have to be made available. The same applies for tissues or specimens for on-demand DNA extraction.
  • Most of all offered samples should be available when the database of the new partner is made accessible. Further samples can be blocked for up to two years or longer.

Process of Participation

Step 1. Contact Us

Step 2. IT requirements and metadata for DNA sample database have to be implemented by all partners. Support will be provided by GGBN.

Step 3. The tissue and DNA sample database of the new provider will be indexed.

Step 4. Tissue and DNA samples are searchable and can be ordered via the web portal.