The first three-year phase of the Caucasus Barcode of Life (CABOL) project is entering its final stage
The first three-year phase of the Caucasus Barcode of Life (CABOL) project is entering its final stage.
Over the past two years, CaBOL project researchers have been able to extract DNA from thousands of plant and animal organisms, identify them on the species level and create a genetic library.
The project was launched in 2020 with the coordination of Ilia State University and funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany, with the participation of seven research institutions from Georgia, Armenia and Germany. Its goal was to make a genetic description of 50 000 different species of animals and plants and create a genetic library of Caucasian diversity within 3 years.
In connection with the final stage, the representatives of various institutions of the German Federation visited Ilia State University and discussed the project plans with the rector of the university, Professor Nino Doborjginidze, at the conclusive meeting of the first stage of the project.
The meeting was attended by:
- Gabriel Hermann, Head of the Department of Cooperation with Georgia at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF);
- Oliver Pieper, political advisor, representative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF);
- Jorn Grunewald, Project Management Agency, representative of the German Aerospace Center (DLR – Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt);
- Mehtild Kular - representative of the German Research Foundation (DFG);
- Nils Hine, Regional Coordinator of Caucasus Barcode of Life (CaBOL).
The members of the delegation visited the main working space of CaBOL, the renovated genetic laboratory of Ilia State University, which was equipped with modern equipment within the framework of the project and the team members can intensively process samples. The guests also visited the entomological laboratory renovated within the framework of the project. They spoke to the employees of Iliauni trained within the framework of the CaBOL project - graduates and current students of various levels.
The visit also included a practical component - a field trip, the purpose of which was the field expertise of CaBOL staff and the demonstration of various sampling techniques.