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Doctoral student at the Dept. of Animal Ecology at Bielefeld University, Germany
Doctoral Thesis: Establishment of next-generation sequencing with nematodes for biomonitoring approaches
Studies in Ecology and Diversity, Bielefeld University, Germany
Master thesis: 'Genetic diversity of widespread moss-dwelling nematode species in German beech forests.'
Studies in Biology, Bielefeld University, Germany
Bachelor thesis: 'Influence of Tricolosan on free living nematode communities.'
In addition to classic taxonomy molecular genetic analyses are used to identify (nematode) species. Differences on the genetic level within species are variable, depending on the degree of relationship. Molecular analysis can reveal information about species relations and it is possible to make conclusions about distribution patterns. Morphological identification of nematode species, followed by traditional Sanger-Sequencing produces reference sequences for a database. The aim is to include as many as possible aquatic and terrestric nematode species and is prepared as a part of the German Barcode Of Life (GBOL). Furthermore the new technology of next-generation sequencing is an interesting new method to analyze environmental samples at a faster, more efficient and cheaper level as before. The project is to expand next-generation sequencing, up to date mostly used for microbial communities, as well to nematode communities. The practical application can proceed in biomonitoring and offers a lot of new interesting research questions.
Schenk, J., Hohberg, K., Helder, J., Ristau, K. & Traunspurger, W. (2017). The D3-D5 region of large subunit ribosomal DNA provides good resolution of German limnic and terrestrial nematode communities. Nematology 19: 821-837.
Schenk, J., Traunspurger, W. & Ristau, K. (2016). Genetic diversity of widespread moss-dwelling nematode species in German beech forests. European Journal of Soil Biology 74: 23-31.