For all of you who are familiar with social media, we recently initiated a facebook page for ABOL!

https://www.facebook.com/AustrianBarcodeOfLife/

We cordially invite you to contribute and comment frequently. We aim at announcing news about ABOL, along with other postings of general relevance for biodiversity.

Enjoy our page!

With March 1st the HRSM (Hochschulraumstrukturmittel) project has been launched. The project is funded with 1 Million Euro by the Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and aims at developing DNA barcoding pipelines for ABOL at universities. Commendably, the University of Graz has taken the leadership. Project partners are the University of Vienna, the University of Salzburg, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, and the University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna. Thus, we are able to announce that the overall ABOL project has successfully started before the end of the pilot phase. However, this does not mean we may rest on our laurels – many smaller and larger projects have to be initiated to reach our long-term target, the establishment of DNA barcodes for all animal, fungi as well as plant species of Austria that these eventually can be utilized for diverse applications. To reach this goal we need the cooperation of all experts and institutions who address biodiversity!

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Dear ABOL community,

it is about time, to announce many new projects which have been launched recently!

In butterflies, the showcase group of ABOL, four new projects have been initiated. Two of them, “Butterflies of Vorarlberg” and “Nocturnal butterflies of the Koblacher Ried” address the lepidopteran fauna of the most western Austrian province, Vorarlberg. Both projects are funded by inatura, together with the project “Plecoptera and Trichoptera of Vorarlberg“.

Furthermore we could convince the private foundation of REWE “Blühendes Österreich” to support DNA barcoding of “Butterflies from Austria“.

Last but not least, DNA barcodes of butterflies of Lower Austria are generated focusing on Noctuidea. The project “NOENO – Noctuoidea of Lower Austria” is funded by the Niederösterreichische Landessammlungen and Ökoplus.