The main research goal of AQUAINVAD-ED is to exploit novel molecular advances combined with the power of crowd data sourcing (citizen science) to develop innovative methods of early detection, control and management of AIS.

Congratulations to our ESR Phillip Haubrock who has recently secured his first post-doc at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt, Department of River Ecology and Conservation.

December 11th, 2018

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PhD student recently presented her work on using DNA for ballast water management at RetoLastre .

The day was organised by our project partners AZTI in collaboration with the Port of Bilbao and was held on December 10 , aimed at companies in the port sector and technology and training centers it focused on the International Convention of Ballast Water.

December 11th, 2018

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ESR 5 Sabine Rech has been awarded her PhD following the successful defence of her Thesis, Congratulations Sabine !

    

November 15th, 2018

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ESR 7 Phillip Haubrock has published and article on the ‘Control and eradication efforts of aquatic alien fish species in Lake Caicedo Yuso-Arreo’

https://doi.org/10.3391/mbi.2018.9.3.09

October 12th, 2018

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Sabine Rech, our ESR based at the University of Oviedo, has recently had another article published in Science Direct.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X18307185

October 12th, 2018

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All 8 Early Stage Researchers employed on the Aquainvad-ED project (pictured below at ATC3 with colleagues and supervisors) will present their research on Aquatic Invasive Species at Neobiota 2018 in Dun Laoghaire via talks, speed talks and posters.

 

June 26th, 2018

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Anaïs Rey has recently begun her secondment at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and here tells us a little more about the work she had been doing:

“During my stay in the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, I had the opportunity to go on-board bulk carrier vessels to sample ballast waters and also to sample water from the port were the ballast waters were discharged”.

          

 

“Our team (Dr Jenny Carney, Kevin Mitchell and myself) sampled 7 vessels coming from Europe with different ballast water managements. The aim of this study is to apply DNA Metabarcoding to develop an easy, standardised and representative sampling protocol to characterise the community discharged with ballast water”.

       

 

 

October 20th, 2017

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In the last week, Phillip J. Haubrock (ESR7) began his sampling efforts for his study of the trophic web and the effect of further species introductions for the control of crayfish in the protected natural lake “Arréo” as part of his secondment at ECOHYDROS in Cantabria, Spain.

He accompanied Alberto Criado and Jose Manuel Gomez, hoping to assist with their work on the eradication of the present invasive species: Common carp (Cyprinus carpio), Black bass (Micropterus salmoides), Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus) and Louisiana Red Swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii). Specimens needed for his research were also collected and will be processed at ECOHYDROS. Phillip Haubrock will combine stable isotope analysis with different dietary analysis methods of present invasive species and a currently not present but to this lake originally native species, which will be potentially reintroduced and stocked to control crayfish. With his approach, he aims at modelling the effect on the trophic web and the effectiveness of this potentially introduced biological control on the abundance of crayfish.

    

 

Phillip said: “I am really thankful for this opportunity and the help I am receiving from everybody at ECOHYDROS. Seeing Lake Arreo, which presented itself as an impressive fishery of Lepomis gibbosus, was a great experience altogether and I hope that my work will help protect this ecosystem.”

 

October 3rd, 2017

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Phillip J. Haubrock (ESR7) began his placement at ECOHYDROS in Maliaño (Cantabria) in September and has accompanied the team on several monitoring trips excursions, this has enabled him to see first hand the freshwater fish diversity and  beautiful scenery in Cantabria.

           

Some of the most common fish (Common minnow – Phoxinus phoxinus; Brown trout – Salmo trutta) an impressive number of European eels (Anguilla anguilla) and Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) were collected, with only one incidence of invasive Rainbow trouts (Oncorhynchus mykiss) being detected. In the coming weeks, Phillip will begin working on the trophic structure and feeding habits of invasive species in a freshwater lake in Alava.

Phillip said: “I would like to thank everybody from Ecohydros for the warm welcome and the chance to accompany you on your work around Cantabria, which gave me the chance to experience another part of this worlds magnificent nature.”

 

September 15th, 2017

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Sabine (ESR6) started her placement at AZTI in Sukarrietta, Basque Country in May. She has been taking samples of the macrofauna attached to floating plastics in the Bay of Bizcay from a fishing boat, which during summer is used to remove floating plastic garbage from the sea surface off the French Basque coast.

 

Many fouled plastic items and fragments were found, carrying a variety of attached animals, from hydrozoan stocks and millimeter-sized sea snails to crabs with a size of several centimeters in diameter. After visual inspection and characterization of the attached fauna, ESR 6 is now conducting genetic barcoding with universal primers, to identify and/or confirm the species found and to ascertain if there were any invasive species present. The attached pictures give an impression of the work conducted on the boat, as well as of the plastic items and animals found.

 

ESR 6 would like to thank the boat´s captain Arnaud Clavier and the crew for their help and the very friendly reception.

 

August 22nd, 2017

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