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Development and evaluation of molecular techniques for monitoring aquatic macroinvertebrates in freshwater systems

Project Number # 4521-16

Development and evaluation of molecular techniques for monitoring aquatic macroinvertebrates in freshwater systems

Project Leader:  Eddie Tsyrlin

Current biomonitoring approach of streams is slow and lacks precision. The project explores the use of DNA approaches for taxonomic studies and rapid detection of invertebrate species in various freshwater habitats. We hope that this study will lead towards the development of DNA barcoding method to allow identification of invertebrate species from a water sample.

Supervisors: Dr Andrew Weeks, Prof Ary Hoffmann & Dr Melissa Carew [University of Melbourne] and Dr Rhys Coleman [Melbourne Water]

Sponsor:       Melbourne Water

Mentor:          Shaun Cox [WaterRA Chair, Inxure Strategy Group]