Dear ABOL community and biodiversity enthusiasts,

This year’s ABOL meeting will take place on 6th and 7th December 2018 at the Natural History Museum Vienna.

The REGISTRATION PERIOD has been extended until 31st October 2018 !

Please register for the workshops (on 6th December) and for the scientific conference (on 7th December) via e-mail to abol@nhm-wien.ac.at.

There are still open slots for talks at the conference! Please submit abstracts for talks and posters to the above mentioned e-mail address.

Further information about the conference can be found on our website: https://www.abol.ac.at/en/abol-meeting-2018/

Please pass the information on to interested parties!

We look forward to your participation!

The ABOL coordination team

 

 

Due to the great success, the special exhibition “Hotspot Mur. Concealed emeralds” at the Natural History Museum Graz, Joanneum has been extended to 9.12.2018. The exhibition is dedicated to the partly rare animal and plant species of the river Mur and the floodplains beyond. The newly discovered and recently published fish species Romanogobio skywalkeri (emerald gudgeon) occurs only in some sections of the Mur. The exhibition is also dedicated to the discovery of this species and, in general, the biodiversity of the Mur, which is increasingly threatened. DNA barcoding and ABOL as an Austrian Biodiversity Initiative are also presented.

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

More information: https://www.museum-joanneum.at/en/natural-history-museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/events/event/6996/hotspot-mur-3

We are pleased to announce that under the lead of the University of Graz (Dr. Stephan Koblmüller) in cooperation with the Universalmuseum Joanneum (Mag. Wolfgang Paill) and the Ökoteam as economic partner (Dr. Werner Holzinger) another ABOL project has started. In the BRIDGE-1 project BIO-PLANBAR (FFG, BMVIT) the use of DNA barcoding for more efficient species identification in the context of conservation conformity of planning processes of major construction projects will be investigated.

In order to estimate the impact of construction projects on local fauna and flora, a very good knowledge of the organisms is required. As a rule, certain indicator groups are used for this purpose. DNA barcoding might simplify and accelerate the step of species identification and complement classical morphological methods, especially in juveniles, larval stages and eggs. However, the prerequisite for this is as comprehensive high quality reference database. This will be generated and/or completed within the project for relevant groups of animals (for example, bugs, cicadas, spiders, ground beetles).

More information can be found here.

Congratulations to the successful project applicants!

The ABOL coordination team