«Get outside: metabarcoding with the Nanopore MinION» was considered worthy of the AllGenetics prize at the 8th International Barcode of Life Conference (iBOL 2019) celebrated in Trondheim last week.
The postdoctoral researcher from the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (University of Guelph) Dr Bilgenur Baloglu has won the «AllGenetics award for industrial applications using DNA barcoding and DNA metabarcoding», worth 400 euros. The study «Get outside: metabarcoding with the Nanopore MinION» was selected by the jury of the 8th International Barcode of Life Conference as the best in the category of studies oriented towards industry.
Dr Baloglu and her colleagues showed that DNA metabarcoding using Oxford Nanopore’s sequencing technology will be feasible in the near future. With the use of rolling circle amplification and the design of long tags, they were able to accurately estimate the diversity of the tested freshwater mock community of 50 species with median accuracy values of 97-98 %.
At AllGenetics we are very happy to have had the chance to recognise industry-oriented research carried out by early-career reseachers in the field of DNA barcoding and DNA metabarcoding, and would like to congratulate Dr Baloglu for her outstanding work.