Indobiosys (Indonesian Biodiversity Discovery and Information System) is a German-Indonesian research project (2015-2018). The project is coordinated at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin in collaboration with the Zoologische Staatssammlung München and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. All institutions look back to a longstanding and fruitful research cooperation for more than 15 years.
Indonesia is one of the worlds’ countries with the highest biodiversity. The interplay of complex geological and climatic changes have resulted in a geographically and ecological diverse insular landscape that is home to a megadiverse fauna with a high number of endemic and ecologically highly specialized species. The extremely high number of species in Indonesia has been poorly studied for many groups, and many new species still await discovery and description. Likewise, there is a high potential of pharmaceutical and biotechnological research opportunities and the sustainable utilization of biodiversity as a natural resource. Indobiosys aims to combine a newly established system for the high-throughput discovery of Indonesian animals (sampling, sorting, identification of taxa) to a digital platform that provides biodiversity data and information extending beyond biologists to users from pharmacy and biotechnology on potential target groups of organisms for the discovery of new antiinfective compounds. Such target groups for functional screening approaches include e.g. animals that produce defending substances or that are highly adapted to their natural habitat (ecologically specialized) as in the case of various groups of insects.
Its key components are: Indonesian Biodiversity – Biodiversity Discovery – Information System
Indonesia - Germany Agree to Enhance Cooperation on Biodiversity and Health Sciences Sector (Indonesian version: Indonesia – Jerman Sepakati Tingkatkan Kerjasama Iptek Bidang Biodiversitas dan Kesehatan)
Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (LIPI)
Indonesia, Germany cooperate in bioeconomy research
Digitale Welten im Naturkundemuseum Berlin: Neue Wege zur Öffnung der Sammlungen aus Indonesien (in German)
Indonesien Magazin Online
Ein Schatz der besonderen Art: Wie Biologen den Artenreichtum Indonesiens erforschen (in German)
Indonesien Magazin Online
Molekulares Biodiversitätsassessment als Grundlage für die Insektenbiotechnologie in Indonesien (in German)
DNA-Barcoding an der Zoologischen Staatssammlung München (ZSM)
IndoBioSys – a Pipeline from Biodiversity to Health, (pages 24–25 of the annual report 2015) (in German and English)
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN)