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.

On Monday the 15th of May, our ESR Phillip Haubrock accompanied Thomas Busatto and Dr. Annamaria Nocita from the Natural History Museum “La Specola” on a field trip along the river Elsa in the south-west province of Florence, Tuscany. The aim was a momentary evaluation of the present biodiversity and water quality assessment using the macro benthos at four different locations which are currently affected by the construction of water turbines. Using electro fishing and a set of motivated hands, various fish species were collected, identified, measured and eventually released. Among native species, several alien species such as Pseudorasbora parva, Padogobius nigricans and Procambarus clarkii were identified.

“I really enjoyed this experience of monitoring activity. Not only did I learn a great deal about the taxonomy of local fish species, I also learned a lot about the technique and method applied. Especially seeing such distinct, well-hidden and beautiful places in the Tuscan countryside was incredible.”


May 18th, 2017

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