Monthly Archives: October 2015

Metabarcoding: Influence of BTI on Chironomids

Anna Kästel from the University Koblenz-Landau and Vasco Elbrecht prepared 20 chironomid samples for DNA metabarcoding over the last two weeks. Together with Kathrin Theissinger, Carsten Brühl and Florian Leese we are investigating the effects of Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (BTI) on chironomids. BTI is used in the Oberrhein area in Germany to control mosquito populations, but effects on non target species are not well studied. With modern DNA matabarcoding methods we are investigating the response of chironomids to BTI.


Picture: Vasco Elbrecht and Anna Kästel with the finished DNA metabarcoding library.

Talk by Míklos Bálint

Miklos Blind from the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) in Frankfurt gave a talk in the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Colloquium, organised by our group and the biodiversity working group (AG Boenigk). He presented data on the high-throughput ecology of fungal-plant interactions as inferred by metabarcoding.
We’d like to thank Miki for the excellent talk and the discussions.



Foto: Miki Bálint giving his talk.

The official Leese Lab Blog!

We published almost 100 news articles as part of the GeneStream project during the last two years. We want to continue this tradition at the newly established Aquatic Ecosystem Research Group lead by Florian Leese at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

You will find contact and teaching information as well as summaries of current research projects on our research group website.

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On this blog, we will share news about our projects, exciting talks and opportunities, with lots of pictures and videos. If you want to follow our research activities follow our team on Twitter; @Leeselab (Florian Leese), @luckylionde (Vasco Elbrecht).