We plan to set up a Georgian-German Biodiversity Center (GGBC) as a multinational approach to explore the biodiversity of the Caucasus area.

The research center will be located at Ilia State University (Tbilisi, Georgia) and is to be jointly established and used by scientists from Germany and from Georgia as well as from neighboring countries, and will be open to researchers worldwide who are interested in Caucasian biota.

The center is meant to foster international collaboration, will improve science infrastructures, engage in education, and explore Caucasian biodiversity, with a strong, but not exclusive focus on molecular methods. The current (pilot) project phase is an institutional partnership grant, financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (www.bmbf.de) under grant number 01DK17048.  One of the main initial project targets is to start a Georgian Barcode of Life database.

Current project partners are:

  • Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia 1                                                                                 
  • Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany 2                 
  • Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Forest Inventory and Remote Sensing, Göttingen, Germany 3

We are in the process of adding project partners (University of Bonn, Nees Institute for Botany; Agricultural University of Georgia, Tbilisi). Please contact us if you are interested to collaborate:

1 (Tbilisi): D. Tarkhnishvili, C. Anderson, L. Mumladze, G. Chaladze

2 (Bonn): B. Misof (project PI), J. Astrin, B. Rulik; turs: E. Bärmann

3 (Göttingen): C. Kleinn, L. Fehrmann (forestry)