Category Archives: Vortrag

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

DNA metabarcoding talks in Bonn and Landau + Video

In January, Vasco Elbrecht was invited to present our latest DNA metabarcoding results at the Museum Koenig (Bonn) and the University of Landau. The talk held in Landau is available on YouTube.
The presented projects will be summited for publication shortly, but we are happy to share primers and information per E-Mail.

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Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 13.45.15Photo: Vasco Elbrecht in front of the Savanna landscape at the museum Koenig.

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.