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Missing data on biodiversity and microbiological water quality

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Issue

Shortage of information

There is no information available to take appropriate action.

Due to lack of information on biodiversity and microbiological water quality, current standards (macrofauna screening with a microscope) are limited.

Solution

Metagenomics in surface water with NGS

Metagenomics in surface water with NGS is a method which can visualize all organisms present in water samples using their genetic material or DNA code. With this mehtod, conclusions about biodiversity and quality of a body of water can be made. This DNA is made available digitally after it has been identified.

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Pros

  • No need to make a selection in advance of organisms that are to be measured.
  • Selected DNA can be made available digitally.
  • Possibility to zoom in on results using q-PCR.
  • This method provides objective results.
  • Time and cost efficient compared to the conventional research process.

Characteristics

  1. Topic Water quality
  2. Development state 7: System prototype demonstration in an operational environment.
  3. Setting type Rural area, Agricultural area, Natural area
  4. Water type Surface water
  5. Project period 0-3 months
  6. Project type Research