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Strategy for Successful Integration of eDNA-based Methods in Aquatic Monitoring
expand article infoPhilippe Blancher, Estelle Lefrançois§, Frederic Rimet|, Agnès Bouchez|
‡ Blancher Consultant, Lyon, France
§ ECO-in-EAU, Montferrier sur Lez, France
| INRAE, USMB, CARRTEL, Thonon-les-bains, France
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Recent developments in the use of environmental DNA are opening up new horizons for the assessment of the quality of aquatic environments. These rapid and cost-effective methods, in very swift progress, will potentially offer the opportunity to identify all the taxa present in an environmental sample (water or biota) by the use of complementary markers. The produced inventories can then be used for the assessment of biodiversity and ecological quality. However, the inclusion of these new DNA-based methods in monitoring practices is not straightforward and requires harmonised actions in the coming years at national and international levels.

In order to foresee and stimulate such a harmonised implementation, the European network DNAqua-Net (COST Action CA15219) brought together some of its members, experts of ECOSTAT and other environmental biomonitoring stakeholders from different European countries. Through workshops, bringing together 51 participants in 7 sub-groups in April 2020, an implementation roadmap was designed. The coordinated actions to be taken in the different countries, and the possible collaborations and steps to be taken at the EU level were identified.

This presentation will give an overview of all discussions (Lefrançois et al. 2020) reflecting the diversity of situations in Europe, as well as common views. We will highlight important actions required for a successful implementation of DNA-based biomonitoring of aquatic ecosystems to the horizon of 2030.


eDNA, Biomonitoring, Aquatic ecosystems, European prospective, DNAqua-Net

Presenting author

Philippe Blancher

Presented at

1st DNAQUA International Conference (March 9-11, 2021)


Workshop participants : Didier Pont (Austria) ; Frank Narendja (Austria) ; Patricia Mergen (Belgium) ; Pieter Boets (Belgium) ; Iakovos Tziortzis (Cyprus) ; Marlen Vasquez (Cyprus) ; Martin Petersen (Denmark) ; Michael Deacon (Denmark) ; Sidsel Langhein-Winther (Denmark) ; Jeanne Boughaba (EU) ; Sandra Poikane (EU) ; Kristian Meissner (Finland) ; Marko Järvinen (Finland) ; Benjamin Jeannot (France) ; Christian Chauvin (France) ; Christine Argillier (France) ; Nicolas Hette-Tronquart (France) ; Olivier Monnier (France) ; Remy Marcel (France) ; Valentin Vasselon (France) ; Daniel Hering (Germany) ; Florian Leese (Germany) ; Helmut Fischer (Germany) ; Jens Arle (Germany) ; Julia Kleinteich (Germany) ; Sascha Krenek (Germany) ; Andrea Zagyva Tünde (Hungary) ; Stefania Erba (Italia) ; Stefania Marcheggiani (Italia) ; Alexander Weigand (Luxembourg) ; Diane Neu (Luxembourg) ; Berry van der Hoorn (Netherland) ; Steinar Sandoy (Norway) ; Pedro Beja (Portugal) ; Verónica Onofre Pinto (Portugal) ; Rosa Trobajo (Spain) ; Gunilla Ejdung (Sweden) ; Jonas Svensson (Sweden) ; Maria Kahlert (Sweden) ; Michael Haldin (Sweden) ; Alina Pawlowska (Switzerland) ; Benoit Ferrari (Switzerland) ; Jan Pawlowski (Switzerland) ; Marie-Sophie Renevier (Switzerland) ; Serdar Koyun (Turkey) ; Alice Hiley (UK) ; Bernd Haenfling (UK) ; David Mann (UK) ; Kerry Walsh (UK) ; Martyn Kelly (UK) ; Willie Duncan (UK)

This presentation is based upon work from COST Action DNAqua-Net (CA15219), supported by the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) program.

Funding program

COST DNAqua-Net (CA15219)