IRSAE summer school

Da Lunedì, 26 Giugno 2017 ore 09:00 a Venerdì, 30 Giugno 2017 ore 14:00

Campus FEM, San Michele all'Adige (Italy)

Integrating ‘Omics’ Technologies into Aquatic Ecology: New perspectives in Metagenomic, Metabolomic and Bioinformatic applications in the study of aquatic ecosystems

The course is aimed to provide both the theoretical foundations and examples of applications of the “Omics” in aquatic ecology, with a focus on the genetic analysis of genomes (metagenomics), proteins and metabolites (proteomics, metabolomics) in biological and environmental aquatic samples. These topics are relevant not only for the advancement of freshwater ecology, but also for the monitoring and management of water resources and the associated biological communities.

At the end of the course, participants will have acquired knowledge, skills and competence on:

  • the state of the art of modern ‘Omics’ technologies and their role in the advancement of modern aquatic ecology and establishment of new theoretical foundations.
  • the field of application of ‘Omics’ technologies, with practical applied ecology case studies, critically commented, and highlighting pros and cons of different methods and their possible combinations.
  • the inclusion of ‘Omics’ in research projects and in different ecological/environmental “problem solving” issues, complementing or challenging traditional approaches; deciding which approach could be the best in function of the final aim of a study.
  • the principal bioinformatic pipelines available to analyse High Throughput Sequencing data.

Specific fields of application of the ‘Omics’ approaches in aquatic ecology will include, among the others, the quantitative evaluation and functions of biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems; the impact of climate change, anthropogenic stressors, and pollutants; the introduction and early detection of alien species; and production of cyanotoxins by cyanobacteria. Introductory lectures will be followed by the presentation and critical discussion of case studies, and by the organization of practical laboratory sessions (including bioinformatic pipelines, and guided practice in the laboratories of genomics and metabolomics).

The course will be completed by a mid-course field excursion with sampling (Lake Garda or a mountain lake). Participants are requested to bring their laptop with them.

More info on the dedicated website .