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 PLOS ONE for publication and will be available within the next week. However, the complete paper is already freely accessible as a PrePrint on PeerJ. The slides of our talk, which received great feedback in person and on twitter, are also available here.
This year there were many interesting talks in the field of molecular biology. Cameron Turner presented results and strategies to assess and reduce contamination in eDNA samples. Also RAD sequencing becomes more popular with scientists like Scott Hotaling using RAD sequencing to answer population genetic questions of stoneflies.
We would like to thank the Rub Research School Plus for financing this stay, and hope to visit the SFS next year.
Picture 1: Besides many interesting talks, we had the chance to pet sting rays. They are kind of slimy, but really cool to touch.
Picture 2: We also visited a molecular lab. Here is Vasco in front of a PacBio sequencer.
Picture 3: Scientists of the School of Freshwater Sciences presented several interesting projects. This is an arduino controlled robot that can take multiple eDNA samples, by filtering the water in each of the blue caps.
Picture 4: Overall a great conference, were we could meet many colleges and cooperation partners and made new friends. Also the activity like karaoke singing were really fun.