international online community for dna barcoding professionals
I just came across an online discussion in the TAXACOM mailing list about the difficulties of getting funding for taxonomy work. The discussions have been going on for a while but were nicely summarised by Fabian Haas here.
The discussion goes under the title *Why Taxonomy does not matter?* and deals with the reasons why taxonomy doesn't seem to appeal much to donors at the time of choosing a field to dump money on.
While barcoding is much more than just taxonomy, reading this summary will be useful for everyone doing a grant application. Knowing beforehand what donors tend to think about this particular issue may help *focus* the rationale for a project involving barcoding.
Some of the points/arguments discussed are:
Again, the discussion is stored in this link.