DNA metabarcoding is a rapidly evolving method for assessing biodiversity from environmental DNA and bulk samples. It has a wide range of applications: biodiversity monitoring, animal diet assessment, reconstruction of paleo communities, among others. DNA metabarcoding uses molecular techniques such as PCR and next generation sequencing, and integrates skills in bioinformatics and biostatistics with classical ecological knowledge.
The DNA metabarcoding school is now in its sixth edition, and this year it is co-organized by the metabarcoding.org team and the Kunming Institute of Zoology (KIZ), CAS, with support from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan, State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, and Ministry of Science and Technology..
1, Main lecturers
Xin Zhou (China Agricultural University)
Douglas Yu (KIZ, China; University of East Anglia, UK)
Frédéric Boyer (LECA, CNRS, France)
Antony Chariton (CSIRO, Australia)
Eric Coissac (LECA, UGA, France)
Pierre Taberlet (LECA, CNRS, France)
Lucie Zinger (EDB, CNRS, France)
Kristine Bohmann (University of Copenhagen, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Denmark)
2, Time and Venue
Two days of lectures (09:00--17:30, 22nd--23rd of August), 327 room of KIZ old campus.
Three days of practicals (24th--26th of August), 4 rooms in KIZ.
**All the lectures and the practicals will be taught in English**
The number of participants in the lecture portion is not limited, and everyone is welcome to the lectures, but the number of participants in the practical portion is limited which was decided on May 15th.
3, Course Schedule
The lectures will cover different aspects of DNA metabarcoding. The bioinformatics practicals will introduce data analysis from raw sequences to basic ecological conclusions. The molecular ecology practical will present basic techniques for DNA extraction in the field and DNA amplification by PCR. After the course formally ends on 26 August, many of the lecturers will remain in Kunming to allow for one-on-one interaction and consultation.
4, School Chinese contact in KIZ
Phone number: 0871-68125438 , 18088138603