Dear ABOL community, dear biodiversity enthusiasts,

due to the current situation, the Days of Biodiversity in the Gesäuse National Park and in Upper Austria had to be canceled and postponed to next year. However, the other TdAs and ABOL BioBlitze will take place. We would like to point out that some of the registration deadlines will soon expire (TdA Hohe Tauern - registration until May 4th!). Further information and links to the organizer and registration pages can be found on our website:
We hope for active participation, even if this is probably connected with social distancing!

New projects!

One of ABOL's central agendas is international networking and participation in global projects. Since the beginning of the year, ABOL has been involved in the Global Malaise trap Project, which was initiated as part of the BioScan program. Biodiversity is recorded at 2500 locations worldwide for one year using Malaise traps. Austria participates with 2 traps in the Pannonian eco-region, one in the Biosphere Reserve Wienerwald, the second in the National Park Neusiedlersee - Seewinkel. Many thanks to the Austrian Federal Forestry and the Biological Station Illmitz for operating the traps.


Maybe it does exist now - more time to read. To make sure to provide enough reading stuff, we have presented two very exciting publications on DNA barcoding in our blog: One publication is about DNA barcoding of plants. Here, Genome Skimming is presented as a successful method for DNA barcoding of herbarium material. The second publication deals with the monitoring of insects using metabarcoding.