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DNAqua-Net: developing new genetic tools for bioassessment and monitoring of aquatic ecosystems in Europe

AutorInnen: 
Leese, F., Altermatt, F., Bouchez, A., Torbjørn, E., Hering, D., Meissner, K., …, Fonseca, V. G., et al.
Erscheinungsjahr: 
2016
Vollständiger Titel: 
DNAqua-Net: developing new genetic tools for bioassessment and monitoring of aquatic ecosystems in Europe
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Publiziert in: 
Research Ideas and Outcomes
Publikationstyp: 
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
DOI Name: 
10.3897/rio.2.e11321
Bibliographische Angaben: 
Leese, F., Altermatt, F., Bouchez, A., Torbjørn, E., Hering, D., Meissner, K., …, Fonseca, V. G., et al. (2016): DNAqua-Net: developing new genetic tools for bioassessment and monitoring of aquatic ecosystems in Europe. - Research Ideas and Outcomes 2: e11321. https://doi.org/10.3897/rio.2.e11321
Abstract: 

The protection, preservation and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and their functions are of global importance. For European states it became legally binding mainly through the EU-Water Framework Directive (WFD). In order to assess the ecological status of a given water body, aquatic biodiversity data are obtained and compared to a reference water body. The quantified mismatch obtained determines the extent of potential management actions. The current approach to biodiversity assessment is based on morpho-taxonomy. This approach has many drawbacks such as being time consuming, limited in temporal and spatial resolution, and error-prone due to the varying individual taxonomic expertise of the analysts. Novel genomic tools can overcome many of the aforementioned problems and could complement or even replace traditional bioassessment. Yet, a plethora of approaches are independently developed in different institutions, thereby hampering any concerted routine application. The goal of this Action is to nucleate a group of researchers across disciplines with the task to identify gold-standard genomic tools and novel eco-genomic indices for routine application in biodiversity assessments of European fresh- and marine water bodies. Furthermore, DNAqua-Net will provide a platform for training of the next generation of European researchers preparing them for the new technologies. Jointly with water managers, politicians, and other stakeholders, the group will develop a conceptual framework for the standard application of eco-genomic tools as part of legally binding assessments.