Category Archives: Konferenz

DNAqua-Net Kick-Off conference

Since November 2016, Florian leads the large EU COST Action Network DNAqua-Net. As the Grant Manager of the Action, Alexander is the responsible coordinator of the network which already now encompasses 300 researchers, end user, managers & regulators as well as industry partners from 42 nations.

The aim of the COST Action DNAqua-Net is to explore the potential of novel DNA-based methods for bioassessment of aquatic ecosystems (lakes, rivers, oceans, groundwater) and to suggest standardised application strategies. These can only be successful in large-scale monitoring programs, such as the EU Water Framework Directive, if researchers within the scientific community agree on clear standards and work together with partners from the environmental regulators and industry partners.

Just now, from March 6th until 9th, we have hosted the Kick-Off conference of DNAqua-Net in Essen. 172 participants from 37 nations met at the Campus of our University to discuss in a highly constructive atmosphere chances and limits of the novel techniques. Some impression from the conference as well as the preceding Management Committee meeting can be found  here.

DNAqua-Net conference participants

Conference video: Metabarcoding primer development

We have presented our latest research in DNA metabarcoding and primer development at the annual meeting for freshwater science in Sacramento. A YouTube video is available below, with a PrePrint also being available here.

We are currently focusing on development and optimisation of DNA metabarcoding primers. As part of this process we have developed the R package “PrimerMiner” (GitHub) which can be used to obtain and process sequence data from BOLD and NCBI databases.

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