France Water team

Seminar "Quo vadis, eDNA-based biomonitoring"

Participate in this seminar organized by the European COST Action DNAqua-Net and which will be held on March 12, 2021 from 10 AM to 4 PM.
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Participate in this webinar on “eDNA-based biomonitoring”, organized by the European COST Action DNAqua-Net
March 12, 2021 from 2 PM to 4 PM


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Genetic methods hold great promise for improving the assessment and monitoring of aquatic ecosystems. In particular, environmental DNA metabarcoding can help to assess biodiversity in a rapid, comprehensive and non-invasive manner. Thus, these methods can significantly improve environmental monitoring, especially in the context of existing and planned national and international water and marine directives. Given the rapid emergence of these approaches, many questions arise regarding their use and potential bias.


Seminar objectives

  • Provide an up-to-date overview of the development and potential of DNA and eDNA based methods.
  • Identify the challenges that exist at the national level that limit the application of DNA-based methods in environmental management.


Target audience

Water agencies, environmental departments, managers of aquatic environments, hydrobiologists from the private and public sectors


Session I – Common European seminar (in English)

9:45 AM: Connection opening

10 AM: Welcome word

Prof.Dr. Florian LEESE, Chair of DNAaqua-NET

10:10 AM: Overview of DNA-based method implementation

Dr. Agnès BOUCHEZ, Vice-chair of DNAqua-Net

10:25 AM: European aquatic ecological assesment  methods : Advances, challenges and perspectives

Dr. Sandra POIKANE, European Comission JRC

10:50 AM: Workshop goals and agenda

Charlotte FRIE, Manager of DNAqua-Net & Florian LEESE

11 AM: Break / National seminars set-up

Session II – National seminar / Presentation

11:15 AM: Introduction

11:20 AM: Diatoms and environmental DNA, where do we stand? Developments and examples.

11:35 AM: Fish and environmental DNA, where do we stand? Developments and examples.

11:50 AM: eDNA-based methods: perspectives and openings

12:05 PM: Questions / Answers

12:30 PM: Lunch break

Session III – National seminar / Debate

2 PM: Introduction: where are we in the implementation in France? Assessment of the French and European prospective workshops.

2:15 PM – 4 PM: Discussions

  • Your needs and expectations for these methods for biomonitoring of aquatic environments? Your future challenges ?
  • Points of vigilance identified for the application of these methods?
  • Next national steps that seem to you to be a priority?


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Nos financeurs

  • republique-francaise
  • ministere-economie-finances
  • region-centre-loire
  • region-grand-est
  • region-occitanie
  • region-sud-paca