Explore environmental DNA for assessing biodiversity – Course and Conference Office


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Explore environmental DNA for assessing biodiversity

Learn how to apply metabarcoding analysis to eDNA for assessing biodiversity with the NERC Environmental Omics Facility (NEOF), UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UK-CEH), and EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Insitute.

Sequencing DNA barcodes from mixed sources of DNA is being increasingly used to survey biodiversity, whether analysing dietary content from faecal-derived DNA or monitoring aquatic species from water-derived DNA.

Our new course will give an overview of metabarcoding with different barcoding genes to target particular taxa. Using an example data set we will go from raw sequence data through to assigning taxonomy to the sequence variants and some examples of downstream community analysis.

Kim Tamara Gurwitz Scientific Training Lead, EMBL-EBI
“The training will highlight the significance of data sharing in advancing scientific knowledge, guiding participants to explore and utilise EMBL-EBI resources and other open-access resources”.

30 places are available for the live, virtual format training led by NEOF. The follow-up on-demand materials will be made available as open access to anyone interested in the environmental sciences. These materials will be hosted on EMBL-EBI Training’s on-demand portal and will complement, not duplicate, the content covered in the live virtual course.

The organisation of this virtual live course will be spearheaded by NEOF, in collaboration with EMBL-EBI Training, and UK CEH.

About the funder:
UKRI Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is the driving force of investment in environmental science in the UK. They advance the frontier of environmental science by commissioning new research, infrastructure, and training that delivers valuable scientific breakthroughs.

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