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.

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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