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The 3-day workshop will introduce and train participants on the state of the eDNA field and use of environmental DNA (eDNA) for biomonitoring water ecosystems, with a focused application on water quality assessment and biodiversity studies. Instructed by research teams currently working on eDNA projects on Ecuador in the application and development of eDNA techniques. You will learn the basis, application and the use of this emerging technology.

At the end of the workshop, it is expected that you have a better understanding of what is eDNA and how it can be applied for sampling and study water environments. You will also gather hands-on experience on the sampling and laboratory techniques needed to perform an eDNA analysis.


Objective of the Workshop:

The aim of the workshop is to introduce the participants on the applications of environmental DNA (eDNA) for the water quality assessment and environmental health of water bodies. During the course, we will discuss the state of the art of the eDNA studies and applications, field sampling techniques for water quality parameters and biomonitoring and laboratory techniques for metabarcoding studies on eDNA. This workshop intends to bring together the VLIR Network Programs of Biodiscovery and Water Management with the South Initiative projects of IKIAM, ESPOL, HOGENT and UGent.


Workshop Program

Day 1: 18-feb-2020

08:30 – 09:00    Team presentation and work layout @Classroom Anybody

09:00 – 09:30    Introduction to eDNA: eDNA principle @Classroom Lenin R.

09:30 – 10:15     Where and how is eDNA applied. An Ecuadorian experience @Classroom CVdh

10:15 – 11:00     Physico-chemical and biological analyses of water @Classroom Luis D.

11:00 – 11:30     Break

11:30 – 12:15    Field sampling techniques for eDNA analysis @Classroom Mauricio/Jorge

12:15 – 13:00    Metabarcoding and environmental DNA @Classroom Julio B.

13:00 – 14:15     Break

14:15 – 16:00     Material preparation and advices before working with eDNA @Lab

16:00 – 16:30     Q&A


Day 2: 19-feb-2020

08:30 – 12:00    Sampling campaign @Field (this can be done at the ESPOL’s Lake)

12:00 – 13:00    Lunch

13:00 – 16:30     Water filtration, classification of organism and storage @Lab


Day 3: 20-feb-2020

08:30 – 10:30     eDNA extraction Part1 @Lab

10:30 – 11:00     Break

11:00 – 13:00     eDNA extraction Part2 @Lab

13:00 - 14:00      Lunch

14:00 – 15:30     PCR preparation @Lab

15:30 – 17:30     Gel electrophoresis @Lab


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Los datos para pagos en ESPOL-TECH mediante transferencia bancaria son los siguientes:

Beneficiario: Empresa Pública de Servicios ESPOL-TECH E.P.

Banco del Pacífico

Cuenta Corriente No.: 7427786

RUC: 0968592010001

email: lisuarez@espol.edu.ec


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