Genetic tools for Ecosystem health Assessment in the North Sea region (GEANS)

The quality of the seafloor habitat is an important barometer for marine ecosystem health. In order to accurately measure the quality, GEANS will mainstream implementation of fast, accurate and cost-effective DNA-based assessments. This will enable national authorities to improve the management of human activities and protection of the marine environment across the North Sea Region in a transnational coherent way. GEANS will conduct pilot studies concerning environmental impact assessments (renewable energy, aquaculture and sand extraction and suppletion), and concerning monitoring in relation to European directives (non-indigenous species and hard substrates). These pilots will be conducted in close cooperation with stakeholders.



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GEANS makes a leap in DNA based monitoring, with autonomous eDNA sampling

01 October 2021

DNA-based monitoring is cost- and time-saving, but animals are still removed from their habitat. Within the GEANS extension, the potential of eDNA (DN…

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GEANS extension

30 September 2021

GEANS applied for an extension under call 12, and our request got approved! GEANS will now run until June 2023. The extension expands GEANS in two dir…

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Special ECSA 58 - EMECS 13 session “Application of DNA-metabarcoding for ecosystem health assessment

29 September 2021

The ECSA 58 - EMECS 13 conference‘Estuaries and coastal seas in the Anthropocene – Structure, functions, services and management’was held online from …

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GEANS releases fully validated laboratory protocol

14 September 2021

DNA metabarcoding of soft sediment macrobenthos from the North Sea: how do you even begin? GEANS scientists created a detailed lab protocol.

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GEANS 3rd Newsletter

18 March 2021

Although the last year has been really challenging due to COVID-restrictions, GEANS has made great progress:

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