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Jun 30, 2011 DNA Bank Network at the 8th biennial conference of the Systematics Association in Belfast, United Kingdom

A Scientist of the DNA Bank Network will give an overview about the project at the Conference of the Systematics Association in Belfast with special focus on data mobilisation as well as voucher and sample deposition. Presentation details:

Conference: 04-08 July, 2011

Session Title: Museum specimens and acient DNA

Presentation Title : DNA Bank Network - A platform for open access to voucher referenced DNA samples and data worldwide.

Presenter: Gabriele Droege

May 14, 2011 Amorphophallus titanum flowering again at the Botanic Garden in Berlin

This morning the flower of Titan arum has began to open. A plant from same origin population has flowered two years ago and has been collected for the DNA bank of the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin (DB 4216.

2011-05-14 13:51:36 A webcam has been installed and can be found here. Find out all available Amorphophallus samples in the DNA Bank Network: Amorphophallus

May 09, 2011 North Korean DNA plant samples available

As of now, the DNA Bank Network enables access to 384 DNA samples and georeferenced specimens including digital images from vascular plant specimens collected in North Korea for scientific analyses. The BGBM DNA Bank owes that collection mainly to a donation by Dr. Mark B.M. Suh (Pugwash Council). It was complemented by an expedition to the Mt. Chilbo region under participation of Dr. Birgit Gemeinholzer, Dr. Regine Jahn and Dr. Jo Yong Gil. Voucher specimens of these rare samples are safeguarded at the Herbarium Berolinense.

Apr 27, 2011 DNA Bank Network at the 22nd Pacific Science Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A Scientist of the DNA Bank Network will give an overview about the project at the Pacific Science Congress in Kuala Lumpur with special focus on the potential of this data architecture for science regarding the pacific region. Presentation details:

Conference: 14-18 June, 2011 Session Title: Biological Collections in the Pacific: Developing critical infrastructure for research and applications Presentation Title : DNA Bank Network - Information infrastructure for an international DNA and Tissue Bank Network. Presenter: Gabriele Droege

Apr 14, 2011 White Paper has been published

The DNA Bank Network has recently published a White Paper at Biopreservation and Biobanking. The authors describe the general aims of the network, the established infrastructure of the partner DNA banks and the principles of the information technology implemented. Various benefits for its users and partners are highlighted and the prerequisites for collaboration are outlined. Gemeinholzer,B., Dröge, G., Zetzsche, H., Haszprunar, G., Klenk, H.-P., Güntsch, A., Berendsohn, W.G. & Wägele, J.-W. (2011): The DNA Bank Network: the start from a German initiative. Biopreservation and Biobanking. April 2011, 9 (1): 51-55. Abstract

Jan 12, 2011 DNA Bank Network to present at the BioSystematics in Berlin, Germany

Scientists of the DNA Bank Network will give an overview about the project at the BioSystematics in Berlin and furthermore organise a Software Bazar for relevant software tools (click here for synopsis). Presentation details:

Date/Time/Room: Thursday, February 24, 2011, 8:30 am - 10.30 am, Seminaris Session Title: Inventorying and Managing Biodiversity Presentation Title : DNA Bank Network - Access to voucher referenced DNA for biodiversity genomics. Presenter: Holger Zetzsche

Date/Time/Room: Thursday, February 24, 2011, 8:30 am - 5 pm, Seminaris Session Title: Software Bazar - Tools for systematists - Manage and share your data Presentation Title : The DNA Bank Network - A service to facilitate open access to DNA samples and voucher data worldwide Presenter: Gabriele Droege, Holger Zetzsche

Nov 29, 2010 New publication outlines field techniques to preserve tissue and specimen quality

An Abc Taxa publication on preservation techniques in the field for different tissue types and organisms has been released recently. Currently used field tissue storage methods and their efficiency are evaluated. Furthermore, recommendations are given on how to set up a collection plan and sampling strategy, checklists of documentation essentials and equipment for collection trips are appended.

The publication is available here.

Gemeinholzer,B., Rey, I., Weising, K., Grundmann, M., Muellner, A.N., Zetzsche, H., Droege, G., Seberg, O., Petersen, G., Rawson, D.M., Weigt, L.A. (2010): Organizing specimen and tissue preservation in the field for subsequent molecular analyses. IN: ABC-Taxa, Volume 8 - Manual on Field Recording Techniques and Protocols for All Taxa Biodiversity Inventories, Chapter 7, 129-157.

Nov 08, 2010 DNA Bank Network at the International Conference for Environmental Specimen Banks

Scientists of the BGBM DNA Bank, member of the DNA Bank Network, are invited to join the International Conference for Environmental Specimen Banks in Berlin hosted by Federal Environment Agency Germany on November 15-16, 2010. The conference aims to bring together biobanking experts and policy makers to address critical questions of environmental and human biomonitoring, analytical chemistry and nature protection. Presentation details:

Date & Time: Monday & Tuesday November 15 & 16, 2010, 10:30 - 18:00 pm, poster presentation. Poster Title: The DNA Bank Network - A shared portal for organismic DNA and tissue banks. Presenters: Gabriele Droege & Holger Zetzsche

Sep 15, 2010 DNA Bank Network to attend the congress "Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems" in Paris, France

Representatives of the DNA Bank Network will present an overview of the DNA Bank Network at the congress "Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems" taking place at the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle in Paris, France from September 20 - 22, 2010. Presentation details:

Date & Time: Tuesday & Wednesday September 21 & 22, 2010, 13:30 - 15:00 pm, poster presentation nr. 36. Poster Title: DNA Bank Network - connecting biological collections and sequence databases by means of long-term DNA storage with online accession. Presenters: Matthias Geiger & Nicolas Straube

May 20, 2010 DNA Bank Network to present at the SPNHC & CBA-ABC Joint Conference in Ottawa, Canada

Scientists of the DNA Bank Network will introduce their project and webportal at this years SPNHC conference “Biodiversity 2010 and Beyond – Science and Collections” taking place at the University of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) from May 31 - June 5, 2010. Presentation details:

Date/Time/Room: Thursday June 3, 2010, 9:20 – 9:40 am, Desmarais, Room 1130 Session Title: SPNHC Digitizing Initiatives Presentation Title: DNA Bank Network – Referencing DNA with specimens, sequences and publications based on GBIF web services Presenters: Holger Zetzsche & Gabriele Dröge

May 20, 2010 Species inventory at the GEO Day of Biodiversity 2010

Botanists of the Botanischer Verein von Berlin und Brandenburg, the DNA Bank Network, and the Botanic Garden and the Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem will go on a field excursion around Kerkwitz (Niederlausitz) contributing to this years GEO Day of Biodiversity (go to site). As a proposed open-pit brown coal mining region the lake-dotted landscape rich in woodland is severely endangered. Objective of the tour is the collection of witnessing voucher specimens and tissue samples for DNA extraction next to a species inventory.

At this year's GEO Day of Biodiversity 248 events in more than 8 countries will take place on June 12. In Germany, GEO Day of Biodiversity has for years been the largest field research campaign. During the GEO Day activities, species long since believed lost are frequently rediscovered. It is therefore an important contribution to efforts to document and conserve our flora and fauna. Find out more...

May 18, 2010 More than 4400 publications related to DNA samples and DNA vouchers searchable

Referencing a DNA sample to its specimen as well as to inferred DNA sequences and vice versa is one main focus of the DNA Bank Network. Publications related to DNA samples and their vouchers preserved by the partners of the DNA Bank Network are an additional valuable source. The DSMZ records each publication related to their strains centrally. This precious and very useful repository is now implemented into the Network’s web portal, together with relevant publications of the other partners. Links to online versions of abstracts are included. Further publications will be added continuously. Go to site

May 03, 2010 9000 further vertebrate DNA voucher samples: complete Bavarian ichthyofauna available now!

In December 2003 the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology Munich (ZSM) and the Landesfischereiverband Bayern (LfB) initiated a large scale collection program, in order to cover the diversity of Bavarian freshwater fishes. The primary goal of the program was to collect, identify and deposit morphological and genetic voucher specimens of the approximately 100 naturally occurring fish species in all major and many minor drainages in Bavaria and adjacent regions. Now about 9000 DNA voucher samples covering almost 100% of the Bavarian fish fauna are available on demand.

Apr 14, 2010 Contribution at ISBER 2010 Annual Meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands

A scientist of the DNA Bank Network has been selected to present at the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) 2010 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, May 11-14, 2010 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Presentation details:

Date/Time/Room: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 5:10 pm-5.30 pm, Fortis Bank Zaal Session Title: Challenges and Solutions in Biobanking Technology and Information Presentation Title: The DNA Bank Network - A shared portal for non-human biorepositories, providing live references to DNA and specimen data (abstract number NIN 05) Presenter: Holger Zetzsche

Mar 22, 2010 Presentation at the International Symposium for Planning the Baekdudaegan Arboretum in Seoul, Korea

The DNA Bank Network will be represented by an invited speaker at the Planning Symposium for the Baekdudaegan Arboretum held on 29th March to1st April, 2010 at COEX in Seoulin (Seoul, South Korea) Presentation details:

Date: Wednesday, March 31 2010 Zetzsche, H., Droege, G., Zippel, E. & Gemeinholzer, B. - Collections management at the Botanical Museum and Botanic Garden Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM) - the DNA Bank as a driver for data and knowledge integration.

Nov 16, 2009 12000 further procaryote samples available for on-demand DNA extractions

More than 12000 samples of microorganisms and cell cultures from almost 4400 species are per today additionally available for on-demand DNA extractions. Therewith the entire specimen database of the German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (DSMZ) is now searchable via the DNA Bank Network’s webportal.

Nov 2, 2009 DNA Bank Network to present at the 3rd International Barcode of Life Conference 2009

Participants of the DNA Bank Network will be presenting at the Third International Barcode of Life Conference in Mexico City, 7-12 November 2009.

The following are specific presentation details at the conference:

Date: Sunday, November 8, 2009 Zetzsche, H. & Gemeinholzer, B. Long-term storage of tissue and DNA for plant DNA barcoding

Date: Wednesday, November 11 2009 Knebelsberger, T. Beyond barcoding – Secure DNA storage

Date: Wednesday, November 11 2009 Raupach, M. Molecular taxonomy of ground beetles (Insecta: Carabidae) in Central Europe: a multi-marker approach

Sep 30, 2009 Significant mark of 10.000 DNA samples surpassed

Today the significant mark of 10.000 fully documented DNA samples has been surpassed. Thereby, DNA samples of more than 6000 species from 156 different countries are available via the webportal. After launching its searchable database in April 2009 the partners of the DNA Bank Network continuously proceeded in their efforts to deposit DNA samples physically and informatically linked to their respective specimens.

Aug 17, 2009 Workshop about long-term storage of DNA samples held in Leiden

A workshop about institutional and technical strategies for long-term storage of nonhuman DNA samples has been held at the Systematics 2009 conference in Leiden, Netherlands on August 12th. The organizers thank all participants for their valuable contributions and the conference board for their help. Download summary and abstracts.