ICES Annual Science Conference 2019

SCOR symposium

Rediscovering pelagic biodiversity:
Progress, promise, and challenges of metabarcoding
of microbes to mammals

Friday, 13 September 2019
08:00 - 18:00
Svenska Mässan, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden

​​​Novel approaches are transforming our understanding and appreciation for pelagic biodiversity and the significance for ocean ecosystem function. Metabarcoding (high-throughput DNA sequencing of barcode gene regions from environmental samples) is being widely used for analysis of diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine organisms from microbes to mammals. Metabarcoding allows improved detection of rare, cryptic and novel taxa, resulting in new global estimates of marine biodiversity and new understanding of the dynamics of marine food webs and ecosystems. 

There remains many technical and conceptual challenges for analysis and interpretation of metabarcoding results. Research is needed to evaluate and compare results from different marker gene regions and bioinformatics approaches, and for validation and ground-truthing of metabarcoding results. Progress is being made in the use of metabarcoding for quantification of taxon abundance or biomass, examination of trophic interactions and food-web dynamics, remote detection of marine organisms based on eDNA (environmental DNA), and applications for time-series monitoring and ecosystem assessment.

Registration and Abstract Submission for this Symposium are now closed, due to space limitations of the meeting venue. 

This symposium is associated with UNESCO - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

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Ann Bucklin, University of Connecticut, USA

Bengt Karlson, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Sweden


Learn more about SCOR WG157 MetaZooGene:



Scientific Committee for Ocean Research (SCOR)

MetaZooGene Working Group (SCOR WG157)​

Additional information:

​Global Harmful Algal Bloom Program GlobalHAB

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