Sónia Ferreira has participated in the 7th International Barcode of Life Conference that took place last month, from November 20-24, 2017, in South Africa. It was fantastic to participate in this event, held for the first time in the African continent, and in such a fantastic venue, Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Skukuza, located within the heart of African wildlife, the Kruger National Park.
The major theme of the conference was exploring mega-diverse biotas with DNA barcodes. A series of presentations and workshops focused on the use of DNA to understand diversity patterns and ecological processes in species-rich and complicated ecosystems. The conference included plenary lectures, and parallel sessions comprising talks as well as poster presentations.
The event was an opportunity to give two oral presentations, entitled “Large-scale barcoding of Portuguese moths: accelerating species inventories while revealing exotic species, sexual dimorphism and cryptic diversity” and “The good, the bad and the ugly: insights from Odonata Barcoding”, as well as to learn further the advances in the field of DNA barcoding and explore new opportunities for collaboration, while enjoying the amazing environment of wildlife of the Park.