Austrian Barcode of Life Initiative – Call for Participation

The ABOL project got into higher gear in 2017 since the HRSM funding was granted for Universities and the NHM was given responsibility for the ABOL co-ordination. We therefore call for participation of all the scientists and experts on biodiversity who are interested in collaborating with the ABOL initiative.

The ABOL initiative’s goal is to provide a public reference database of barcodes of all animal, plant, and fungi species in Austria. The pilot phase ended in July 2017 and we successfully prepared for the subsequent overall project to start. The Federal Ministry of Science, Research, and Economy granted an important infrastructure project within the framework of the HRSM funding in 2017. Five Austrian Universities take actively part in this HRSM project, thus generating barcodes and feeding the data to the ABOL database. At the same time, many more projects, initiated by or associated with ABOL, are currently under way. On October 17, the Federal Ministry of Science, Research, and Economy confirmed the financing of the ABOL coordination for three years. The most important instruments for the reliable implementation of this project are its taxonomic expertise behind it, as well as the strict quality assurance according to the ABOL guidelines. The framework of ABOL has to ensure great communication as well as the networking of all players on every level, including experts in taxonomy and systematics, ecology, molecular biology, genetics, conservation biology, forensic medicine and many more.

We therefore call on all of you, who are concerned with biodiversity in the broad sense to actively taking part in the ABOL initiative. The possibilities of collaboration are manifold and range from species identifications, which are the groundwork of DNA barcodes, to new project ideas and networking with existing projects in which barcodes are generated. Communication with the ABOL project management about planned or ongoing projects, which could contribute to ABOL, is of great importance. The ABOL coordination team views itself as contact point to enable professional exchange in technical and biological questions. Please feel free to contact us, and find more information on our webpage, which also gives you the chance to sign up for our newsletter and workshops (e.g. ABOL database workshop)!

ABOL strives to be a biodiversity initiative and communication platform throughout Austria. The more diverse the ABOL community becomes, the more successful this joint initiative will be.

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