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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research project: Development and application of molecular surveillance methods to facilitate the spatial mapping of marine invasive species in Irish nearshore and benthic habitats

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This project aims to develop molecular tools for the detection and monitoring of marine non-indigenous species in Irish waters. The team is a consortium of national and international partners, involving the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, the Marine Institute, the University of Oviedo and the University of Southampton.

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The aims of this project are to: (i) increase baseline taxonomic knowledge of marine non-indigenous species using both classic and molecular taxonomy; (ii) evaluate a range of sampling techniques for effective implementation of environmental DNA (eDNA) approaches; and (iii) develop molecular tools for the detection and monitoring of marine non-indigenous species in Irish waters. The sampling will include priority sites where marine communities have been previously described and characterised. A multidisciplinary approach will be used, and the collection of environmental samples will be done in conjunction with a range of traditional survey techniques.

Related research groups

Marine Biology and Ecology

Funding dates: February 2019 - March 2022 

Funding provider: European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

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