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 video launch!

18 March 2020

The @NorthSeaRegionsProgramme GEANS aims to monitor seabeds in the North Sea more accurately and efficiently by DNA barcoding. Instead of the time-con…

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GEANS extending North Sea network for DNA-based detection of non-indigenous species along the Swedish West coast

11 February 2020

GEANS partner SeAnalytics deployed the first DNA-based autonomous monitoring system along the Swedish West coast

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GEANS topics covered in lectures at Wageningen University

06 February 2020

An important aspect of the GEANS project is the training of the new generation of marine ecologists. Therefore, the topic of DNA metabarcoding was pre…

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Phase 1 of GEANS completed: highlights of achievements

28 January 2020

An inventory of key North Sea species of policy relevance, a gap analysis to identify species that are currently lacking a reliable DNA barcode, an ov…

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Expanding the GEANS network

16 December 2019

Since the start of the project, GEANS–partners have presented the project to stakeholders and fellow scientists at least 27 times. Most recently, GEAN…

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