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.