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  1. Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS): DNA-barcoding and the future of biodiversity monitoring.

Convener: Matthias Geiger (


Abstracts as pdf


Never before in the history of our planet has a single species changed the biosphere in such a profound way as man during the past decades. The human footprint is easily detected from space:  the burning fires in Indonesia, the artificial lights during the night, the roads and settlements that spread into forests. To pursue prestigious academic ecological or phylogenetic research might produce impact points, but the landscapes need another type of support. We have to provide data on the state of biodiversity in endangered habitats, we have to document the presence of endemic species and shrunken populations, to be able to provide advice for policy makers, to convince the general public, to conserve biodiversity for the coming generations.


Since the traditional identification of species using books and keys is very time consuming and requires training and experience that mostly is not available, DNA-barcoding is currently the most efficient method to overcome the taxonomic impediment. In this symposium we want to discuss the state of the art, new chances offered by new laboratory tools, and interesting case studies.



All slots for this symposium have been filled and abstract submission for oral presentations for this symposium is now closed.



Friday, August 18th. Morning session.



Invited talks:


08.30 – 09.00


Mehrdad Hajibabaei1:

A new way to contemplate Darwin’s tangled bank: contributions of DNA barcoding to biodiversity analysis from individuals to whole ecosystems.

1Department of Integrative Biology & Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada.



09.00 – 09.15

Florian Leese1:

From research lab to real world: A roadmap for the inclusion of DNA-based approaches in national and international aquatic biomonitoring programs

1University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany.



09.15 – 09.45

Camila D. Ritter1,2, Alexander Zizka1,2, Henrik Nilsson1,2, Alexandre Antonelli1,2:
Amazon biodiversity patterns: can we predict the diversity?
1Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; 2Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden.



09.45 – 10.00

Maria Kahlert1 & Malin Strand2:

More about the real world: The EDNA network: an open forum to connect researchers and end users in Sweden, with focus on environmental assessment and biodiversity monitoring.

1Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden; 2Swedish Species Information Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.



10.00 – 10.30




10.30 – 10.45

Urmas Kõljalg1,2, Dmitry Schigel3, Kessy Abarenkov2, Alexander M. Weigand4, Allan Zirk2, Kristel Panksep5, Anton Savchenko1:

Linking metabarcoding data with other types of taxon occurrences.

1Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia; 2Natural History Museum, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia; 3 Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Secretariat, Copenhagen, Denmark; 4 University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen; 5 Centre for Limnology, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Rannu, Estonia.



10.45 – 11.00

Micah Dunthorn1:

Phylogenetic placement and clustering methods for discovering diversity in metabarcoding studies.

1University of Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany.


11.00 – 11.15

Endre Willassen1:

Junk-DNA or species markers? DNA-barcoding needs taxonomists.

1Department of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.



11.15 – 11.30

Laura A. Hardulak1, Jérôme Morinière1, Axel Hausmann1, Gerhard Haszprunar1:

Optimization techniques of NGS-based DNA Barcoding of Mixed and Bulk Samples.

1SNSB, Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, Munich, Germany



11.30 – 12.00


M. Majaneva1, O. H. Diserud2, E. Boström1, S. Eagle3, M. Hajibabaei3 & T. Ekrem1:

Effect of eDNA filtration strategies on metabarcoding success of freshwater macroinvertebrate communities.

1Department of Natural History, NTNU University Museum, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway; 2Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), , Trondheim, Norway; 3Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph, Canada.




Poster presentations:


Caroline Chimeno1, Jérôme Morinière1, Axel Hausmann1, Frank Reckel2, Jan E. Grunwald2, Gerhard Haszprunar1:

Next Generation Sequencing of Arthropod Communities on Decomposing Bodies - Forensic Entomology and DNA Barcoding.

1Zoologische Staatssammlung München (SNSB-ZSM), München, Germany; 2Bayerisches Landeskriminalamt (BLKA), München, Germany.



Haszprunar, G.1, Hausmann, A.1:

Barcoding in Bavaria: state of the art and next steps

1 SNSB-Zoologische Staatssammlung München, München, Germany.



Ricarda Riina1:

Towards the establishment of the DNA-barcoding identification system for Iberian land plants.

1Real Jardín Botánico, Madrid, Spain.



Riikka Elo1, Ritva Penttinen1, Varpu Vahtera1:

Soil mite (Acari: Oribatida) diversity revealed by multi loci sequence data: The case study of the genus Carabodes Koch, 1835

1Zoological museum, Biodiversity unit, University of Turku, Finland.


M.F. Geiger1, J. Morinière², A. Hausmann², G. Haszprunar², J.W. Wägele1, P.D.N. Hebert³, B. Rulik1:
Testing the Global Malaise Trap Program – How well does the current barcode reference library identify flying insects in Germany?
1Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Leibniz Institut für Biodiversität der Tiere, Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany.


B. Rulik1, J. Eberle, M.F. Geiger1, J.W. Wägele1, D. Ahrens:
Using taxonomic consistency with semi-automated data pre-processing for high quality DNA barcodes.
1Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Leibniz Institut für Biodiversität der Tiere, Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany.


Vera Zizka1, Bianca Peinert1 & Florian Leese1,2:

Evaluation and Optimization of DNA Metabarcoding of Aquatic Invertebrates

1) Aquatic Ecosystem Research, Faculty of Biology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Universitätsstraße 5, 45141 Essen, Germany. 2) Centre for Water and Environmental Research (ZWU) Essen, University of Duisburg Essen, Universitätsstraße 2, 45141 Essen, Germany.




Conference Centre Wallenberg, Medicinaregatan 20a, Göteborg