NFDI4Biodiversity – NFDI Consortium for Biodiversity, Ecology and Environmental Data

Contact: Prof. Dr. Klaus Wimmers, Sarah Fischer

Duration: 2020-2025

Funding: Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in the context of Bund-Länder-Vereinbarung zum Aufbau und zur Förderung der Nationalen Forschungsdateninfrastruktur (NFDI) of 26. November 2018 (Projectnumber 442032008)

NFDI4Biodiversity is a consortium under the umbrella of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) dedicated to the mobilising biodiversity and environmental data for collective use.

The partners pool their scientific and technical expertise to provide a broad service portfolio for handling biodiversity and environmental data and to develop it further in close cooperation with users from research and practice. The consortium consists of Partners include close to 50 scientific institutions, museums, natural history societies, state offices, and other institutes and expert groups.

The cooperation of the partner network is guided by the knowledge that stakeholders in science, politics, nature conservation and landscape management need reliable data to be able to develop better contributions to the conservation of biodiversity.

To this end, the consortium partners offer added value to the professional community, specifically:
a. Access to modern technologies and a comprehensive stock of biodiversity and environmental data
b. Methods and tools for archiving, publishing, searching and analyzing data that are suitable for everyday use and have been tried and tested in practice
c. An expert forum for the safe and competent handling of data for broad and responsible use

As a partner in the NFDI4Biodiversity consortium, the FBN contributes its expertise in the field of farm animal husbandry and research. In addition to its work in project coordination, the FBN also takes on a community-building role vis-à-vis other institutions oriented towards farm animals and agriculture.
Farm animal husbandry makes an essential contribution to the production of high-quality food, to the creation of value in rural areas and to the shaping of ecosystems and cultural landscapes. Since the beginning of domestication around 10,000 years ago, farm animals have been in the care of humans and have been kept in almost all regions and cultures of the world. This has led to a great diversity and a multitude of breeds, which already inspired Charles Darwin’s reflections on the mechanisms of the origin of genetic diversity. Today, the range of animal species and breeds used, as well as the area of land used for animal husbandry, has been greatly reduced. This endangers genetic diversity, the resilience of ecosystems and the conservation of special cultural landscapes. The conservation of agrobiodiversity requires the development of strategies to conserve the genetic resources of animals under human care and to use their unique abilities and advantages to create diverse agricultural systems.
To this end, the FBN is characterising old and modern livestock breeds in different husbandry environments and is working on a standardized open research data structure, initially as a pilot project "biobank", which can then be linked to the NFDI in the course of the project.

Further information about NFDI4Biodiversity can be found here:
Website (
Twitter (
YouTube (