• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 
 
 

ENVMETAGENOMICS - eDNA: from rare species detection to whole-community diversity using high-throughput sequencing

 

Project short-description: Monitoring of biodiversity has recently benefited from extracting species information from environmental DNA (eDNA), especially in not easily accessible aquatic habitats. Developments in sequencing technologies and reduction in costs are increasing the interest in complementing conventional sampling with indirect sampling of species through their eDNA. This study will use a combination of traditional eDNA metabarcoding and eDNA metagenomics to characterize (fish) communities in a Portuguese basin, the Tagus River, inhabited by several rare species including native and introduced. Additionally, the applicability of eDNA metagenomics for characterizing whole communities and population genetics will be assessed by comparing its results against those produced by eDNA metabarcoding and individual genetic screening, respectively. The use of eDNA metagenomics should be a more cost-effective way to extract large amounts of data on aquatic communities, species and populations, per water sample.

 
 
Research Team:
 
Ana Cristina Pimenta Veríssimo

Ana Cristina Pimenta Veríssimo

Post-Doc Researcher

 
 
Other Members:
Maria Judite Alves (PI) (UL), Hugo Gante (co-PI) (cE3c), Filipe Ribeiro (MARE-FCUL), Carlos David Santos (University of Maranhão), Sissel Jentoft (University of Oslo)
 
State:
On going
 
Proponent Institution:
UL – University of Lisbon
 
Funded by:
FCT
 
Dates:
2018 (Duration: 4 years)
 
Participant Institutions:
CIBIO-InBIO, UL, FCIENCIAS.ID
 
Reference:
031644-02/SAICT/2017