Dear ABOL community and biodiversity enthusiasts,

as announced at the ABOL meeting in December, ABOL is participating in this year’s Biodiversity Days (Tage der Artenvielfalt, TdA). The aim of the ABOL BioBlitz Actions is the creation of DNA barcodes of as many species as possible collected at the TdAs and determined by the participating experts (our BioBlitz website, in German). ABOL would like to involve further experts in the initiative and at the same time we hope that through this joint action the attention of regional and national media will increasingly be drawn to us.
Therefore we ask for numerous participation in the TdAs and the associated barcoding actions.

We ask you to mark the dates and sign up early. We would like to thank all organizers for their interest in the cooperation.

17./18. May – TdA Biosphere Reserve Nockberge: East banks of Millstättersee and surrounding mountainsides (information from the organizer)
31. May/1. June – TdA Upper Austria: Grein (information from the organizer)
14./15. June – TdA Biosphere Reserve Wienerwald: Pressbaum (information from the organizer)
21./22. June – TdA Vienna: BOKU site Knödelhüttenstraße in the 14th district of Vienna
05./06. July – TdA Tyrol: Brandenbergtal, municipality Brandenberg
26. – 28. July – TdA Hohe Tauern National Park: Carinthia, Gössnitztal

Since DNA barcoding is a standardized method, the vouchers should, if possible, be deposited in public scientific collections (museums). The sending of the samples and the sequencing costs are handled by the ABOL initiative.

All those who want to join, please contact our ABOL BioBlitz coordinator Sabine Schoder or the ABOL coordination team, so that we can support the process as well as possible (collection, sampling etc.).

We look forward to the joint actions,

With kind regards,

Your ABOL coordination team

Dear ABOL community,

our this year´s ABOL meeting will take place on Friday 6th of December in Innsbruck.

In advance, a DACH User Group Meeting on “DNA Methods in Environmental Management” will be held on 4th  and 5th of December together with Germany and Switzerland.

There will be a common as well as separate registration possible. We look forward to your participation.

Please save the date! More detailed information will follow.

Best regards,

your ABOL coordination team

Dear ABOL community

One advantage of DNA barcoding is the strong international networking of the initiative.

As part of the HRSM project, the team of Irmgard Krisai-Greilhuber at the University of Vienna has created DNA barcodes of a fungus that was on the way of being described.

Dear ABOL community,

First of all a thank you to all participants of our ABOL meeting. This year we decided for the first time for accompanying workshops – thank you for the stimulating discussions, we hope to be able to offer such events again soon. A special thanks to all presenters for the thrilling contributions. This allowed us to get a good overview of what is already running and what is possible with DNA barcoding.

Thanks to all for the many, positive feedback. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and hope for fruitful cooperation next year.

Our picture gallery gives a small impression of the two days at the NHM (photo credits: A. Schumacher, M. Sonnleitner, should anyone not agree with the publication of one or more pictures, please send an email to abol@nhm-wien.ac.at) ,

Best regards, your ABOL team


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

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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 dramatic result shows a decline in natural populations with a decrease of individual numbers of 60% on average since 1970.

For the first time the LPI was compiled for Austria, in a cooperation of WWF and BOKU. The study examined the period between 1986 and 2015. The result is worrying: the mentioned 70% decline in vertebrates even exceeds the global value.

In invertebrates, an equally dramatic decline was reported by Hallmann et. al 2017. According tot he study the insect biomass faced a decline of more than 75% in the last 27 years in Germany.

Lecturers of the nternational Symposium on Insect Conservation at the Natural History Museum Stuttgart suggested a nine-point-action against insect decline, where they suggest solutions to political stakeholders.

A key point is the demand for a research and education offensive to close the huge gaps in our knowledge on biodiversity. Only then can the dramatic loss of insect biomass be underpinned with information on species. Biodiversity initiatives such as ABOL can significantly contribute to this task.

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

 

 

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