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Monday 27 February 2012

Standard and molecular methods used toward a better understanding of centipedes

ION Mihaela

Centipedes are an important class of the predatory arthropod fauna. Although the Romanian territory is rich in species, with more than 26% endemic, it suffers from a lack of information regarding not only the ecology but also distribution and biology of this group. Therefore I focus my initial efforts towards establishing the distribution and habitat preferences of centipedes in Muntenia region (south of Southern Carpathians), an almost blank space on the map. To this, I add our team work directed to the analysis of the dynamic of species assemblages on different depths, in three types of habitats (beech forest, sessile oak forest and shrubs at the base of conglomerate cliffs in a gorge) under the influence of temperature and humidity annual variations. In myriapodology, molecular approaches have started to be used mainly for establishing phylogenetic relationships and databases for species identification, but, on the long term, I want to explore the possibly of delimiting some uncertain cryptic species or, closer to my line of work, using metabarcoding for diet analysis of some of taxa where direct observation have mostly failed.

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  • BRANDNER Melissa
    • University of Nordland
    • Bodø (Norway)
  • BROCHMANN Christian
    • National Centre for Biosystematics
    • Oslo (Norway)
  • CHARITON Anthony
    • CSIRO Land and Water
    • Lucas Heights NA (Australia)
  • DEAGLE Bruce
    • University of Victoria
    • Victoria (Canada)
  • Eric Coissac
    • LECA
    • Grenoble (France)
  • KASAPIDIS Panagiotis
    • Hellenic Center for Marine Research
    • Irakleion, Crete (Greece)
  • PAWLOWSKI Jan
    • Université de Genève
    • Genève 4 (Switzerland)
  • TABERLET Pierre
    • LECA,
    • Grenoble (France)
  • WILLERSLEV Eske
    • Centre for GeoGenetics
    • Copenhagen (Denmark)
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    31 July 2015, by BRANDNER Melissa

    The start of last month saw the occurrence of the Fifth Metabarcoding Spring School held in Białowieża National Park , Poland. A variety of scientists attended from all over the globe to learn, share and inspire with unique stories of metabarcoding.
    The scientists at the Mammal Research Institute PAS in Białowieża National Park hosted this year’s workshop. And our hats go off to them for the organizational skills, warmth and hospitality. During the week, experienced metabarcoders gave lectures on their trials and tribulations in the field of metabarcoding, sparking conversations between the attendees. The end of the first day saw flash talks from all participants of the event, creating an icebreaker and showing the wide variety of applications for metabarcoding, including, dietary studies, environmental health, fundamental ecology and exploration of rare and ancient habitats.
    Pierre Taberlet (who is rumoured to run 8000 PCR a day!) taught technical aspects such as DNA extraction in (...)

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