The project German Barcode of Life Projekt (GBOL) aims to generate DNA barcodes for all German animal and plant species. The project is realized by several major German institutions, with a first project period from 2012 until 2015 that has meanwhile been extended until 2019. The largest sector of this project will be performed by the ZSM with a contribution of approximately 20,000 species (e.g. all Lepidoptera). This major project will be supported by the German Ministry for Education and Research (Budget Total ca 5 Mio €).