The second thematic school of 2018 was organized at the Inselberg camp at the Nouragues field station in French Guiana.
The discipline taught was DNA metabarcoding, an evolving method for assessing biodiversity from environmental DNA and bulk samples.
It has a wide range of applications: biodiversity monitoring, animal diet assessment, reconstruction of paleo communities, among others. DNA metabarcoding uses molecular techniques such as PCR and next generation sequencing, and requires a broad range of skills, as it integrates molecular biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, and ecology.
The DNA metabarcoding spring school is now in its eighth edition. This year, it is co-organized by the metabarcoding.org team and the Center for the Study of Biodiversity in Amazonia (CEBA) by Eric Coissac (LECA). 16 students gathered from 10 different countries, started October 4th to 11th, 2018.
The school was divided into lectures and practicals. There was time-break planned to discuss about each student professional project and to visit the Inselberg summit.
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