Lahore (Press Release) - An international workshop on DNA Barcoding tilted “Barcode of life data systems” was held at the Government College University Lahore Tuesday.

The Botany and Zoology departments in collaboration with University of Guelph Canada and Punjab Agriculture and Research Board (PARB) held the moot.

Students from different universities attended the workshop which was aimed at spreading the idea of DNA barcoding and its applications in various fields to improve the practical knowledge of participants.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, Prof Dr Kausar Abdullah Malik and PARB Executive Member Dr Muhammad Younas also addressed the one-day workshop.

Speaking at the occasion, GCU Zoology Department Chairman Dr. Muhammad Tahir that DNA barcoding was a powerful tool for differentiating cryptic species, testing food authenticity, identifying parasites, vectors, insect pests, predators, monitoring illegal trade of animals, plants, their products and collecting forensic evidences.

Dr Safdar Ali Mirza, the Chairperson of GCU Botany Department, said that DNA barcoding also would help mark invasive species at earlier stages which can upset ecosystem balance of the area.