Biodiversity & DNA barcoding
What is DNA barcoding? Why it is important? How are data generated?
BOLD already contains data on Austrian organisms. Nonetheless, the majority of the ca. 70,000 species living in Austria are not yet registered. The goal of ABOL is to compile the DNA barcode sequences of all animal, plant and fungus species in Austria, including a consideration of their geographic variation. This information is to be made freely available in an online databank. Moreover, ABOL envisions itself as a platform designed to help Austrian biodiversity research to establish networks and make rapid progress.
Can’t we simply use the data for widely distributed organisms already recorded in Germany, Switzerland and other countries? Only to a very limited extent. This is because Austria is a special hotspot of biodiversity with many exclusive (endemic) species and subspecies. Protecting this wealth calls for an in-depth survey.
Country-wide DNA barcoding projects such as ABOL provide up-to-date information for all animal, plant and fungus species, enabling the documentation of biodiversity. For more widely ranging species, the ABOL data compiled for Austria dovetail into a transnational network that also incorporates geographic variation. This helps highlight the intra-specific genetic diversity across wider regions. From a practical perspective, we can now pinpoint the exact origin of a particular organism.
Dear ABOL community and biodiversity enthusiasts, the program of this years´ABOL meeting is now complete and can be downloaded here: program-ABOL-meeting2018. For further information please visit our conference website! We are happy that so many people have registered and hope for productive workshops and an exciting symposium! Your ABOL coordination team
Biodiversity loss currently receives much attention in media. One trigger for this is the recently published WWF Living Planet Report 2018, which shows a persistent massive population decline in vertebrates. The Living Planet Index (LPI) has been compiled every two years since 1998, and makes statements about the evolution of thousands of vertebrate species. The […]
The registration for the iBOL Conference is now open: http://dnabarcodes2019.org/2018/10/30/registration-is-open/ The 8th International Barcode of Life Conference takes place from 17th to 20th of June 2019 in Trondheim, Norway. We are looking forward to meet some of you there! Additionally, we want to recommend the very illuminating newly launched iBOL website: http://ibol.org/site/