The special exhibition Hotspot Mur. Concealed emeralds“ in the Natural History Museum in Graz presents a wide variety of partly quite rare species of animals and plants. All of them inhabit the waters, banks and floodplains of the River Mur. An exciting example of the tremendous biodiversity of the river is the discovery of the “emerald-Gressling”, a fish species known exclusively from the River Mur. This discovery is the starting point for an exhibition dealing with a river ecosystem increasingly at risk. Space is given to explain DNA barcoding, which was also performed during the discovery of the “emerald-Gressling”, as an efficient new approach in monitoring biodiversity. Likewise ABOL, the Austria-wide initiative on biodiversity and DNA barcoding, is presented to the visitors.

Curators: Ursula Stockinger (Universalmuseum Joanneum), Stephan Koblmüller (University Graz), Wolfgang Paill (Universalmuseum Joanneum)

Dear ABOL community,

this year´s ABOL meeting will take place on 06-07 of December 2018 at the Natural History Museum Vienna. On Thursday 06 of December we want to organize a workshop on “eDNA and metabarcoding”, which is aimed at stakeholders. On Friday, scientific talks address the professional audience and the interested public.

Please save the date! Further information will be given in time.

Best wishes,

the ABOL-Team

Reflecting the transition from the pilot phase into the Austria-wide ABOL Initiative our website now shines in a new splendor.

Our relaunch shows many running projects under the option ABOL Initiative. The assignment to organism-specific clusters is meant to ease your search for certain projects. Information on the new structure of ABOL, as well as Information on the team can be found browsing About us.

In our Public Outreach section you can find publications. There a link guides you to our ABOL Zotero data base where we compiled many references on DNA barcoding.

Our coordination team is looking forward to an exciting and fruitful cooperation within the ABOL initiative and hopes you enjoy browsing our website!