A Marine Biodiversity Observation Network for Genetic Monitoring of Hard-Bottom Communities (ARMS-MBON).
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Allcock, A. Louise
Clark, Melody S.
de Cerio, Oihane Diaz
Leite, Barbara R.
Power, Anne Marie
Stoehr, Peter A.
Troncoso, Jesus S.
Yperifanou, Eleni Loanna
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Marine hard-bottom communities are undergoing severe change under the influence of multiple drivers, notably climate change, extraction of natural resources, pollution and eutrophication, habitat degradation, and invasive species. Monitoring marine biodiversity in such habitats is, however, challenging as it typically involves expensive, non-standardized, and often destructive sampling methods that limit its scalability. Differences in monitoring approaches furthermore hinders inter-comparison among monitoring programs. Here, we announce a Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) consisting of Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) with the aim to assess the status and changes in benthic fauna with genomic-based methods, notably DNA metabarcoding, in combination with image-based identifications. This article presents the results of a 30-month pilot phase in which we established an operational and geographically expansive ARMS-MBON. The network currently consists of 20 obser.....
JournalFrontiers In Marine Science
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.2
CitationObst, M., Exter, K., Allcock, A. L., Arvanitidis, C., Axberg, A., et al (2020) A Marine Biodiversity Observation Network for Genetic Monitoring of Hard-Bottom Communities (ARMS-MBON). Frontiers in Marine Science, 7:572680, 9pp. DOI: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2020.572680
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