The world is currently facing an unprecedented loss of biodiversity with about one million animal and plant species currently being threatened with extinction. In addition, the average abundance of many native species has been declining rapidly over the last few decades and knowledge about Earth’s actual biodiversity is still fragmentary. This is particularly true for the “Global South” and especially with regard to less charismatic taxa. Zambia is no exception; the general distribution and genetic characterization of plant and animal species have not yet been comprehensively examined.
In the framework of the OeAD project “Inventorying biodiversity in the tropics: Establishing a DNA-barcoding pipeline for characterizing and monitoring Zambia’s biodiversity” Austrian barcoding experts will help local scientists to establish a DNA barcoding pipeline to barcode Zambia’s biodiversity as basis of future monitorings. The pipeline will optimize the process of species identification for Zambian taxa and make it more cost and time efficient. It will be tested in a pilot study where fish and dragonflies, species groups with a potential as umbrella/indicator species for conservation management, of the Kafue drainage will be barcoded. In October 2022, a workshop was held at the University of Zambia (UNZA) in which the entire process of creating DNA barcoding reference data was taught in theory and practice (-> blog article on the workshop).
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- Christoph Gruber | BOKU-ITThese were the Days of Biodiversity 202320. November, 2023 - 15:58
“Together on the way out of the biodiversity crisis” was the title of this year’s Biodiversity Days 2023 from November 8th to 10th. took place at BOKU Vienna. In 9 sessions, different aspects of the biodiversity crisis and different actors were addressed. This breadth of topics was only possible through the first-time cooperation between 5 […]
- M. SonnleitnerDNA barcoding workshop at the University of Zambia 2.019. October, 2023 - 15:02
Due to last year’s great success, the 2nd DNA barcoding workshop took place in September at the University of Zambia (UNZA) in the capital Lusaka. As part of the OeAD project “Inventorying biodiversity in the tropics: Establishing a DNA-barcoding pipeline for characterizing and monitoring Zambia’s biodiversity” led by the University of Graz (Stephan Koblmüller and Lukas Zangl) and participation by ABOL and Prof. Cyprian Katongo (UNZA ) students and […]
- M. SonnleitnerABOL at the Long Night of Museums15. October, 2023 - 10:24
Last Saturday (October 7th), ABOL was represented together with the Central Research Laboratories at the Long Night of Museums in the Natural History Museum Vienna. Visitors were able to find out more about ABOL, DNA barcoding and DNA-based research in general from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. In the mobile lab, DNA was extracted from […]