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.

Aquainvad-ED will help meet the EU vision on management and control of AIS by:

  1. developing, optimising and trialling novel methods for the early detection of selected freshwater and marine AIS,
  2. identifying those ecological and demographic factors that determine AIS establishment and expansion,
  3. recommending novel procedures for AIS control applicable to natural and managed aquatic systems (e.g. rivers, estuaries, artificial reservoirs),
  4. integrating information on location, dispersal and control measures into management plans in order to prevent further AIS introduction and dispersal in Europe (e.g. Code of Best Practice), and
  5. raising public awareness about routes of introduction and pathways of dispersal, as well as about the socio-economic impacts caused by AIS.