only 7 days to go

Only seven days left until the 7th International Barcode of Life conference starts in Kruger National Park. The conference program is currently finalized. If you are curious you can get a sense here.The abstract volume published by Genome has also appeared today. Seems we are all set to go.Safe travels to all delegates!We will see each other here in a week.

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Two Postdocs at Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Naturalis Biodiversity Center is searching forTwo Postdocs to study spatial and temporal variability of marine biodiversity using an eDNA or metabarcoding approachIn collaboration with the Institute of Environmental Sciences at Leiden University (CML), Naturalisdevelops the Netherlands Center for Genetic Biodiversity Assessments, combining world leading expertise on taxonomy, ecology and genetics. Using our extended DNA reference collections, our high-tech lab facilities and our bioinformatics pipelines, we continuously improve and apply genetic biodiversity assessments, making them more rapid, accurate,…

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Metabarcoding and Metagenomics Journal is out

As announced before the new journal Metabarcoding and Metagenomics has been created by Pensoft and now it is officially running with the first few articles published. Here a part of the official press release:A new innovative open-access academic journal Metabarcoding and Metagenomics (MBMG) is launched to welcome novel papers from both basic and applied aspects.Focusing on genetic approaches to study biodiversity across all ecosystems, MBMG covers a considerably large scope of research including environmental, microbial…

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Metabarcoding and Metagenomics Journal is out

As announced before the new journal Metabarcoding and Metagenomics has been created by Pensoft and now it is officially running with the first few articles published. Here a part of the official press release:A new innovative open-access academic journal Metabarcoding and Metagenomics (MBMG) is launched to welcome novel papers from both basic and applied aspects.Focusing on genetic approaches to study biodiversity across all ecosystems, MBMG covers a considerably large scope of research including environmental, microbial…

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Weekend reads

More to read including some from the rather large backlog. Have a great weekend with some good reads.Escaping introns in COI through cDNA barcoding of mushrooms: Pleurotus as a test case.DNA barcoding involves the use of one or more short, standardized DNA fragments for the rapid identification of species. A 648-bp segment near the 5' terminus of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene has been adopted as the universal DNA barcode for…

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Weekend reads

Back after a longer hiatus with more reads for you. Too much work and a little bit of vacation in between didn't allow for much posting. Let's if some reshuffling of things work better. Well, enough about me, back to other's papers (although the first is mine ;-) ):DNA analysis of traded shark fins and mobulid gill plates reveals a high proportion of species of conservation concernContinuously increasing demand for plant and animal products causes…

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Online course on Metabarcoding

Its that time time of the year! In collaboration the the University of Guelph Open Ed department we are running another iteration of the distance education course on Metabarcoding taught by myself.There are still spots available and the course will be running September 25 to October 20, 2017This 4-week, web-based course provides an overview of the state of current technology and the various platforms used. The course consists of a series of online lectures and…

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Weekend reads

Another busy week with no further posts. That should change next week as I have build quite a list of things to write about. Nevertheless, I wanted to ensure that I provide my weekly dose of interesting new reads. Here we go.First molecular identification of the vertebrate hosts of Culicoides imicola in Europe and a review of its blood-feeding patterns worldwide: implications for the transmission of bluetongue disease and African horse sicknessCulicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) are…

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Weekend reads

Another busy week with no further posts. That should change next week as I have build quite a list of things to write about. Nevertheless, I wanted to ensure that I provide my weekly dose of interesting new reads. Here we go.First molecular identification of the vertebrate hosts of Culicoides imicola in Europe and a review of its blood-feeding patterns worldwide: implications for the transmission of bluetongue disease and African horse sicknessCulicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) are…

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Weekend reads

It is Friday again - time for another batch of papers to read over the weekend. Thanks to a very active community there is never a shortage of studies to chose from.Controls on eDNA movement in streams: Transport, Retention, and ResuspensionAdvances in detection of genetic material from species in aquatic ecosystems, including environmental DNA (eDNA), have improved species monitoring and management. eDNA from target species can readily move in streams and rivers and the goal…

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