Based on the experience obtained while doing the GEANS pilot studies, we developed an easy to use decision support tool. This tool consists of a interactive decision tree that guides its users towards the best suited DNA-based methodology for their specific monitoring goals.
The decision support tool summarizes the lessons learned and recommendations from the different GEANS pilot studies. It specifically focusses on how the DNA-based methods could be applied - as this was the focus of GEANS. Using the tool can for example guide the user to choose the best DNA-based approach for monitoring ecological patterns in soft sediment fauna, or for monitoring newly introduced non-indigenous species (NIS). All recommendations are supported by scientific results that can be consulted in the paper/report links provided. For some of the suggested methodologies, GEANS developed protocols are also publicly available.
We would like to make a plea to start implementing DNA-based methods within your (national) monitoring programs and by providing this tool, we hope to guide you to the appropriate methodology for your program.
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