Monthly Archives: December 2015

Visitor from Finnland!

Last week Kristian Meissner (PhD) from the Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE,  visited us to discuss ongoing and future projects. Currently, we process finnish macrozoobenthos samples for metabarcoding. Using our state-of-the-art metabarcoding protocols we are working on a developing more reliable and cheaper water quality assessment routines than possible with morphology-based methods. We would like to thank Kristian for his visit and are looking forward to future cooperations.

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Picture 1: The samples from Finland contain hundreds of specimens. For DNA extraction we dry them over night to remove the ethanol in wich the samples were stored.

First DNA metabarcoding workshop!

Florian Leese and Vasco Elbrecht held a 3-day DNA metabarcoding workshop at the University of Duisburg-Essen last week. We explored and explained the challenges and approaches to utilize DNA metabarcoding to answer scientific questions and improve environmental monitoring. After one day of explaining the theoretical background behind our laboratory routines and bioinformatics pipelines, the participants processed a complete high throughput dataset on their own computers in the two-day hands-on bioinformatics lab.

We would like to thank all colleagues and friends attending, for their great discussions and fun time. See you on the next workshop! Maybe end of 2016?

IMG_2093 Foto 1: Colleagues and friends attending our first metabarcoding workshop 2015

IMG_2085Foto 2: Vasco  explains how tagswitching between samples can cause problems in DNA metabarcoding.