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6th iBOL Conference

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Arne Beerman and Vasco Elbrecht have presented new research from the GeneStream project on the 6th International Barcode of Life Conference in Guelph (Canada). Arne Beermann compared morphological identifications and DNA barcoding of marcoinvertebrates and provided an overview of the state of DNA reference databases. Vasco Elbrecht presented new metabarcoding protocols, and stressed the issue that primer bias prevents the estimation […]

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New Publication

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A new paper by Vasco und Florian has just been published in PLOS ONE. In the study, we were able to detect over 80% of invertebrate taxa from a bulk samples using DNA metabarcoding. Further more we showed that with PCR based methods, estimating taxon abundance is not possible in such diverse bulk samples. Monitoring should thus focus primarily on presence absence data […]

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Moving to University of Duisburg and Essen

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Florian has accepted a call for a full professorship (W2) in “Aquatic Ecosystems Research” at University of Duisburg and Essen. Now the whole team will be moving to Essen to setup the new and excellent lab facilities. Our cooperations with the team at Ruhr University Bochum will continue.

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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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Genome of the Arizona Snowfly published!

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We are happy to announce the publication of the mitochondrial genome of the Arizona Snowily Mesocapnia arizonensis (Plecoptera, Capniidae). This is already our second plecopteran genome which we assembled from existing next generation sequence data. We would like to thank Stacey Lance who publicly provided the Illumina data we used on NCBI. Our publication is available […]

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Metabarcoding: Samples from Finland!

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In cooperation with Kristian Meissner from the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE we will start our first big metabarcoding test soon. In the next weeks we will analyse thousands of invertebrates from 30 finish streams with DNA based metabarcoding methods. Picture 1: Over 30 samples are ready for processing in the laboratory. Picture 2: Many samples contain […]

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GBOL1 Workshop 2015

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A two-day workshop on the GBOL1 project (German Barcode of Life) took place at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn at the 27th and 28th of March 2015, that Arne attended to. After several presentations about the current status of the GBOL project as well as about subprojects were given, taxonomic experts of […]

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GfBS Conference Bonn

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This week, Arne and Florian attend the Annual meeting of the Society for Biological Systematics (GfBS) in Bonn. Topic of the meeting is: “Demands for taxonomic expertise – for whom and in which format?” We will present results of the GeneStream project and Florian will give a plenary lecture with the title “Improvement of freshwater […]

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Entomology Congress Frankfurt

From March 2nd until March 5th the annual meeting of the German Society for general and applied Entomology (the largest Central-European entomological society) took place at Goethe University, Frankfurt (am Main). Steffen Pauls from the BiK-F Centre had organised an “Aquatic Entomology” session, in which Florian gave a talk on the topic “Can DNA based […]

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eLearning project receives 5×5000 award!

We are happy to announce that eLearning project “Blended Genome” from Vasco Elbrecht and Florian Leese was awarded with the 5×5000 award of the Ruhr University Bochum. We combine course teaching with video tutorials on YouTube to allow students flexible leaning of handling Next Generation Sequencing data. The first videos are already available on YouTube. Picture: The […]

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Talk at the University of Koblenz and Landau

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On February 19th 2015 Florian was invited for a talk with the title “The potential of genetic tools to study stressor impacts on freshwater biodiversity” at University of Koblenz and Landau, Working group Ecotoxicology & Environment.

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Talk at University of Toulouse

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On December 4th 2014, Florian was invited for a talk at the University of Toulouse (Paul Sabatier) at the Laboratoire Evolution et Diversite Biologique. Title of the talk:  “From genes to ecosystems – What is the benefit of integrating the level of genetic diversity to study freshwater ecosystems under stress?”. Florian was invited by Maria Alp, a […]

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GBOL Workshop Bonn

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Am 24. und 25. Januar 2014 fand ein 2-tägiger Workshop des GBOL-Projektes (German Barcode of Life) am Zoologischen Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig in Bonn statt, auf dem auch das GeneStream-Team vertreten war. Neben der Vorstellung zahlreicher Einzelprojekte, fand ein reger Austausch zwischen Experten verschiedener Tiergruppen statt. Hier geht es zu dem Artikel: www.bolgermany.de/news-publikationen   Die Teilnehmer des […]

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