Institution: Conservation Genetics Section, Senckenberg Society for Nature Research (Gelnhausen station)

TBG group members

  • Berardino Cocchiararo
  • Claudia Wittwer
  • Sarah A. Mueller
  • Alina von Thaden
  • Johanna Leyhausen
  • Gerrit Wehrenberg
  • Carsten Nowak

TBG project summary

Main task of the project “eDNA chip” is the development of several microfluidic arrays for rapid and cost-effective species detection based on environmental samples with low DNA content, such as water, scats, or hairs. In a first step, we develop two detection chips for native fish and amphibian species, which will be applied in several applied monitoring studies and compared with traditional surveys. Additional SNP chips are in preparation for individual discrimination and population monitoring of several endangered species of the habitats directive, such as European bison and hazel dormouse. Our ultimate goal is to transfer these reduced genomic detection platform into monitoring and conservation practice.

Group expertise / Methods

  • Genotyping of forensic and environmental samples based on microsatellites and SNPs
  • Microfluidic SNP genotyping (Fluidigm)
  • molecular population genetics
  • conservation genetics/genomics
  • wildlife biology