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ABOL meeting 2016 - Save the Date!

ABOL meeting 2016 - Save the Date!

This years´ ABOL meeting will take place on 4th of December again in the Schlossmuseum Linz. Please save the date! It will be directly after the NOBIS meeting (2nd & 3rd of December 2016, Schlossmuseum Linz.)

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Anthidium florentinum female

New associated projects dealing with wild bees

Dear biodiversity community, wild bees enjoy increasing awareness in general public, due to several campaigns in the recent past. Austria is known as a biodiversity hotspot of wild bees and many species are especially worthy of protection because of their narrow food spectrum and/or restricted distribution area. Therefore we are pleased to announce two new associated projects dealing with DNA barcoding.

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Heating the worldwide biodiversity hotspot of Protura: Acerentomon christiani n.sp. from the Leopoldsberg, Vienna

Heating the worldwide biodiversity hotspot of Protura: Acerentomon christiani n.sp. from the Leopoldsberg, Vienna

It was 2004 when Christian & Szeptycki revealed the Leopoldsberg to be the worldwide biodiversity hotspot of Protura, reporting 23 species from the soil of a very dry slope. Applying DNA barcoding to re-assess the diversity of these very small and blind soil dwellers at the genetic level reported 4 additional species from the same locality.

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Calliptamus italicus

Associated project Orthoptera

Recently a new associated project joined ABOL - DNA barcoding of Central European Orthopterans A first transnational cooperation between GBOL, SwissBOL and ABOL adresses the genetic diversity of many species of Central European grasshoppers. The project funded by the Verein der Freunde des Naturhistorischen Museums will be extended by further national projects. 

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