Inland waters are one of the most precious natural resources on Earth, but they are also highly endangered by human activities. To detect changes in inland waters, a regular monitoring is indispensable. Eco-AlpsWater improved the traditional monitoring approaches by using advanced DNA sequencing techniques such as metabarcoding. It makes use of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to analyse environmental DNA in waterbodies. This technique allows for rapid and improved species identification at low costs (e.g. fish or bacteria) as well as an automation in data processing, data storage and information retrieval. The method was tested and optimized in 37 lakes and 23 rivers, and the new findings and experiences were gathered in a toolbox shared with decision makers and water managers.
- 2014 – 2020
- Enhance the protection, the conservation and the ecological connectivity of Alpine Space ecosystems
- Group 6: To preserve and valorise natural resources, including water and cultural resources
- 1.804.495 EUR
- 1.447.667 EUR
- Lead partner
- Provincia Autonoma di Trento
- San Michele all'Adige
- Nico Salmaso
- Zahodna Slovenia
- Zahodna Slovenia
- Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
- Aix-en-Provence Cedex
Protocols for freshwater eDNAToolComplete protocols for freshwater eDNA sampling, extraction, library preparation etc.
Alpine waters and eDNA for general public understandingStrategyAlso complicated molecular biology with eDNA can be explained in understandable language.
Perspectives on eDNA monitoring in Alpine waters - for stakeholdersStrategyExciting results, perspectives, guidelines and policy recommendations for eDNA monitoring in waters
Toolbox - how to use Eco-AlpsWater resultsToolEco-AlpsWater Toolbox for the implementation of innovative monitoring approaches
EAW Taxa Analysis ToolToolThere are various possibilities to compare and visualize traditional and eDNA results