Marine biodiversity and abundance are traditionally described using morphology-based methods (microscopy) that require extensive taxonomical knowledge. This is often a limiting factor in the research. Traditional methods have additional drawbacks such as being time consuming, limited in temporal and spatial resolution, and error-prone due to variation of individual taxonomic expertise of the analysts.
Novel genomic tools such as metabarcoding can circumvent many of the problems of traditional methods for biodiversity descriptions and could complement traditional bioassessment and biomonitoring strategies. Metabarcoding also provides a mechanism for evaluating interactions between different taxa of the investigated marine community. Defining all possible community interactions helps in understanding the functioning of the ecosystem and allows better environment protection planning. Overall, metabarcoding is a non-invasive, useful, cost-effective, and sensitive method that has the potential to complement other methods of biodiversity description in extensive ecological research. Furthermore, different EU projects and associations collaborate potential application of metabarcoding in marine monitoring as part of Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) since metabarcoding proved as powerful method for routine marine and freshwater ecological status assessments.
The Public Institution Brijuni National Park invites you to attend the webinar on the pilot action carried on in Brijuni National Park MPA (Northern Adriatic) as part of the Interreg Med project MPA NETWORKS. The research has been conducted by the Center for Marine Research (CMR) Rovinj of the Ruđer Bošković Institute. Ana Baričević, the CMR PostDoc researcher, will present the pilot action as the first metabarcoding assessment of marine biodiversity of the Brijuni islands (Northern Adriatic) that will provide the much-needed baseline data for future assessments and comparisons.