ILIA STATE UNIVERSITY TO STUDY CAUCASUS BIODIVERSITY
Ilia State University, together with Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig and the University of Göttingen, will carry out a three-year pilot project within which a joint Biodiversity Research Center is planned to be developed. The project is being funded by The Ministry of Education and Science of Germany. A large-scale infrastructure project is also planned to be created, within which important infrastructure investments will be possible to make. In addition, infrastructure for storing DNA collections and equipment for applying modern genetic methods are planned to be installed.
The final aim of the project is to develop barcode system in Georgia and the entire region of Caucasus, which has so far been implemented in some European countries only. The system involves creating a genetic database for animals, including insects and other spineless animals the biodiversity of which is particularly impressive, as well as plants, mushrooms and other living organisms; thanks to the database, the contribution by our country and the entire region to global biodiversity will become known and different species including rare and harmful species as well as species of potential economic importance will be quickly and easily identified.