6 Days of Biodiversity, 2 test runs
Dear friends and biodiversity enthusiasts
The Days of Biodiversity (TdA), which take place in various federal states, have been among the most important events for years, on the one hand informing the public about the importance of biodiversity and, on the other hand, successively improving the data basis for the occurring species of various regions in Austria.
Last year, unfortunately, some of the events had to be canceled, but others could take place (see review!). For 2021 some Days of Biodiversity are planned and we are confident that they will take place.
ABOL will take part again this year. The aim of the ABOL BioBlitzes is to generate DNA barcode sequences from as many of the animals (and fungi) that are collected and determined by the experts as possible.
We hope that many of the experts will join the ABOL BioBlitz campaigns. With your taxonomic expertise you can make a valuable contribution to the genetic recording of Austrian biodiversity! A well-founded data basis is more important than ever to get the biodiversity crisis under control.
Your ABOL coordination team
(i) groups of organisms with a high chance of sequencing success,
(ii) groups of organisms where costs are calculable and low,
(iii) species of which there are no DNA barcodes from Austria, and
(iv) organisms in which the sampling effort is feasible
(v) organisms that have not (!) been sampled at previous BioBlitzes.
In general, we would like to clarify the procedure in advance with you (e.g. labeling of the samples and the reference organism, photographing the reference organisms, deposit of the voucher copies, etc.)
!! NEW – Data Workshops !!
This year we offer online workshops on the International Barcode Platform BOLD for the first time. The course is open to everyone – inexperienced as well as advanced DNA barcoders learn and practice handling sequence data on BOLD, performing the analyzes themselves and understanding them better. This is how your own BioBlitz data should offer its secrets! If you are interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information can be found here:
- collect their organism group
- determine the species
Unlike previous days of biodiversity, we ask you
- to sample tissue for DNA barcoding from interesting species – can also be done together (for example, a leg of an insect in a tube with the same numbering as specimen copy – it is important to be able to document which individual was sampled)
- to transfer the metadata to ABOL (location data, date, collector, determiner, etc.) – we will provide forms for download on individual dates
- to store the reference specimen in a publicly accessible, scientific collection (museum) for keeping traceability
Experts get from ABOL
- preservation liquid and sample tubes
- assistance with the sampling
- samples are prepared by the ABOL team and sent to Canada for sequencing (CCDB, http://ccdb.ca/) – shipping and sequencing costs are covered by ABOL
- the metadata will be integrated into the ABOL database by the ABOL team and
- transferred to the international DNA barcoding database BOLD (the data will be made public after publication of the results of the TdA in BOLD, at the latest however 2 years after the BioBlitz action = 2023)