eDNA monitoring

Course Objective: The aim of this course is to introduce students to the concept of genetic biomonitoring and learn all necessary field, lab and bioinformatic skills.

Course outcome: Students should acquire broad understanding about the principles, structure and functioning of genetic biomonitoring.


Taberlet et al. Environmental DNA. For Biodiversity Research and Monitoring. Oxford University Press 2018.

Creer, S., K. Deiner, S. Frey, D. Porazinska, P. Taberlet, W. K. Thomas, C. Potter and H. M. Bik (2016). “The ecologist’s field guide to sequence-based identification of biodiversity.” Methods in Ecology and Evolution 7(9): 1008-1018.

Valentini, A., P. Taberlet, C. Miaud, R. Civade, J. Herder, P. F. Thomsen, E. Bellemain, A. Besnard, E. Coissac, F. Boyer, C. Gaboriaud, P. Jean, N. Poulet, N. Roset, G. H. Copp, P. Geniez, D. Pont, C. Argillier, J. M. Baudoin, T. Peroux, A. J. Crivelli, A. Olivier, M. Acqueberge, M. Le Brun, P. R. Moller, E. Willerslev and T. Dejean (2016). “Next-generation monitoring of aquatic biodiversity using environmental DNA metabarcoding.” Molecular Ecology 25(4): 929-942.

Elbrecht, V., E. E. Vamos, K. Meissner, J. Aroviita and F. Leese (2017). “Assessing strengths and weaknesses of DNA metabarcoding-based macroinvertebrate identification for routine stream monitoring.” Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8(10): 1265–1275.