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Monthly Archives: June 2015

New Lab ‘member’: Tissue homogeniser for metabarcoding samples.

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DNA metabarcoding allows the identification of hundreds of specimens at the same time. This holds great potential for the assessment of freshwater and other ecosystems. However, the appropriate homogenisation of bulk samples for DNA extraction is critical, as we have shown in a recent study. For our future metabarcoding studies using complete benthic kick samples […]

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Visiting Andres Aguilar (California State University)

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Monday last week, Vasco visited Andres Aguilar from California State University, to discuss eDNA methods for invasive species detection and metabardocing approaches. We would like to thank Andy for taking time and the RUB Research School for funding this research visit. Picture 1: Visiting Andys molecular laboratory.   Picture 2: Vasco Elbrecht (left) and Andres (Andy) Aguilar.

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SWS meeting 2015!

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We also presented our current metabarcoding research on the SWS Annual Meeting 2015 (Providence, Rhode Island, US). Vasco Elbrecht used this opportunity to talk with colleges from the university Guelph and other institutions about current research and future directions in DNA barcoding. We would like to thank the Rub Research School Plus for financing this stay. Video: This video summaries the metabardocing research we […]

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Guest researchers from Tehran

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Welcome to Ahmad-Reza Katouzian and his wife Mona from the University of Tehran. Ahmad-Reza is investigating the biodiversity and phylogeography of Iranian amphipods in his PhD thesis. In the six month of his stay in our group he will apply genetic methods to uncover at least some the hidden mysteries of that group. Phto 1: […]

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Science Communication course

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Science communication is really important! Vasco Elbrecht has meet up with Eric Francavilla to learn more about science communication. Eric Francavilla works together with scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington and helps scientists to communicate their findings to the public. Like the GeneStream Team, he is also producing YouTube videos. We learned many useful and specific things and […]

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SFS 2015 meeting, USA

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Vasco presented results of our latest metabarcoding experiments and protocols on the Society for Freshwater Sciences, SFS 2015 in Milwaukee. Our DNA based method for biodiversity assessment in rivers works reliably, but we could show that it will be dificult to obtain abundance data on invertebrate species sampled. The paper has been formally accepted by […]

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