ABOL (Austrian Barcode of Life) Coordination

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Core facility (CF)

Short Description

ABOL is a network of experts and institutions which aims to record the genetic diversity of all Austrian animal, plant and fungi species via DNA barcodes. Data generated in ABOL is freely accessible and provides a valuable basis for fast and reliable species determination by DNA barcoding for numerous applications. ABOL is a platform promoting biodiversity Research with Bridge Building function to applications and politics.

Contact Person

Nikolaus Szucsich

Research Services

Biodiversity Research via the DNA barcoding approach.

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

DNA barcoding is a standardized method for the identification of organisms based on specific sections of their genetic material (DNA). DNA barcoding therefore uses sections of specific genes that differentiate species. Thus, these DNA sequences (DNA barcodes) enable to unambiguously assign the DNA to a certain species. In a first step, barcodes of taxonomically classified organisms are inferred and stored in a reference database. These DNA barcodes are then made available for comparisons. Identifying an unknown sample “simply” requires sequencing the DNA barcode section and comparing it with the sequences held in the reference database. This is how DNA barcoding enables quick and reliable species determinations. Nonetheless, the success of the determination depends on how comprehensive the reference database is and on its quality.

ABOL - Related Research Infrastructures:

- University of Graz: Keyence VHX-5000 Digitalmikroskop,
- University of Graz: DNA-Barcoding-Infrastruktur an österreichischen Universitäten,
- University of Graz: 24-capillary Genetic Analyzer


Als zentrale Ansprechperson dient der ABOL-Manager (Nikolaus Szucsich).
Nikolaus Szucsich
Zentrale Forschungslaboratorien
+43 1 5237302-135
The generated DNA barcoding data itself is accessible via BOLD Open Access. The mediation of biodiversity monitoring and biodiversity research in the broadest sense is possible via the ABOL coordination (https://www.abol.ac.at/ueber-uns/#abol-koordinationsteam).
Museum of Natural History Vienna
Upper Austrian State Museums, Biology Center
Natural History Museum Joanneumquarter, Graz
Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum, Natural Science Collections
Haus der Natur, Salzburg
inatura Dornbirn
University of Vienna
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Medical University of Vienna
University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna
University of Graz
University of Salzburg
University of Innsbruck
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Austrian Institute of Technology
UBA, Environment Agency Austria
AGES – Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety
National Parks Austria
NOBIS Austria – Network of Biological Systematics
ZooBot – Zoological-Botanical Society of Austria (in german only)
Naturschutzbund (in german only)
Birdlife Austria (in german only)
ÖGH – Austrian Society of Herpetology (in german only)
ÖGEF – Austrian Society of Entomofaunistics (in german only)
ÖEG – Austrian Entomological Society (in german only)
KFFÖ – Koordinationsstelle für Fledermausschutz- und forschung in Österreich (in german only)
Naturkundliche Gesellschaft Mostviertel
Verein zur Erforschung der Flora Österreichs
GBOL, German Barcode of Life
BFB, Barcoding Fauna Bavarica
SwissBOL, Swiss Barcode of Life
NorBOL, Norwegian Barcode of Life
FinBOL, Finnish Barcode of Life
CroBOL, Croatian Barcode of Life
Museum of Nature South Tyrol (page in German and Italian only)
iBOL, International Barcode of Life
Projects can be found on our website at https://www.abol.ac.at/en/abol-project/ .