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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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…Read more
Special ECSA 58 - EMECS 13 session “Application of DNA-metabarcoding for ecosystem health assessment29 September 2021
The ECSA 58 - EMECS 13 conference‘Estuaries and coastal seas in the Anthropocene – Structure, functions, services and management’was held online from …Read more
DNA metabarcoding of soft sediment macrobenthos from the North Sea: how do you even begin? GEANS scientists created a detailed lab protocol.Read more