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Research with data from genetic monitoring programs

Recovery of artificial substrates in Kosterhavets Nationalpark for subsequent image analysis and sequencing of biological communities. Photo by Maria Asplund.

University of Gothenburg leads a scientific network of Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites for genetic monitoring of hard-bottom communities (ARMS-MBON). The network deploys so-called Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) along the coastline of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. The aim of ARMS-MBON is to collect comparative data for the assessment the status and change on the seafloor, using genetic methods. All data collected by the network wil be made accessible to SBDI. ARMS-MBON is now part of GEO BONs global Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON).

If you want to know more about research and data from from this group, contact our partners at the University of Gothenburg, or have a look at the official ARMS-MBON website.