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 paper on detection of macrobenthos species with metabarcoding: bulk DNA vs. eDNA from samples in ethanol preservative16 November 2021
DNA metabarcoding can be applied as a quick screening of the bentic biodiversity in a large number of samples. Certain protocol choices could however …Read more
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