The goal of DNAqua-Net is to improve and standardise eDNA protocols for biodiversity assessments and biomonitoring of European water bodies.
Scientists from over 40 countries participated in this meeting, which took place at the Universität Duisburg-Essen campus, to improve and standardise current environmental DNA (eDNA) methods and protocols. This technology, which is very similar to DNA metabarcoding, uses high-throughput sequencing for biodiversity assessments and biomonitoring.
To date, biodiversity assessment and biomonitoring have been carried out using traditional sampling and identification techniques. However, this can be time consuming, cost-ineffective, and analyst-dependent. Seeing as governmental agencies are more and more interested in appling eDNA on a routine basis, much effort is being made to devise reliable genomic-based tools which can be cost-effective as well as objective. In this sense, it is expected that DNAqua-Net will play a major role in improving eDNA technology during the upcoming years.
At AllGenetics we have joined different DNAqua-Net working groups to share our know-how, learn from other European colleagues, and take an active part in ongoing discussions. In addition to Antón Vizcaíno and Joaquín Vierna, Verónica Rojo and Neus Marí-Mena are now active in the network as well.
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is Europe’s longest-running intergovernmental framework for cooperation in science and technology and it funds networking activities such as meetings, conferences, workshops, short-term scientific exchanges, training schools, publications, and dissemination activities.