Ecological assessment and biological monitoring of terrestrial, wetland and aquatic ecosystems are becoming common complements to traditional monitoring programs for both the public and the private sector. As a consequence, landowners have to ensure that their actions, such as new industrial development or  environmental rehabilitation project, do not have a negative impact on the biodiversity, on protected species or their habitat. Our team will help you to design a biomonitoring program to suit your individual needs and can make recommendations for mitigation and management plans.

Molecular Ecology

Molecular Ecology techniques are now instrumental in a wide range of applications, from lab experiments to computer-based analyses, e-biom offers consultation  for the majority of methods, including:

  • Primer design

  • DNA extraction and quantification

  • DNA amplification through PCR or qPCR

  • Microsatellites and SNPs analyses, AFLP, ISSR, …

  • Genotyping by DNA sequencing and DNA barcoding

  • Phylogenetic reconstructions

  • Population genetics analyses

We apply these genetic techniques and DNA markers namely on any kind of living organisms. With our strong expertise, we can conduct species identification, hybrids diagnose, DNA based detection of pathogens and we can address numerous ecological questions in disciplines as varied as systematics, biogeography, conservation or landscape genetics.

Environmental DNA

eDNA encompasses the distinct DNA fragments that are collected from a variety of environmental samples such as soil or water and from complex mixtures such as feces or honey, rather than directly sampled from individual organisms.

DNA is frequently released into the environment from urine, skin cells, faecal material, gametes, as well as, mucus secretions and can be detected by molecular methods. This innovative technology can be used to assess biodiversity in the environment, which is less invasive than traditionnal « mark and recapture » techniques.

qPCR DNA amplifications can be used to monitor single target species. Alternatively, NGS methods allow us to detect multiple species at once.

Contact us to know which species and taxonomic groups we can survey using eDNA.

Morphology

We have all the necessary skills to carry out biological monitoring using traditional methods such as species identification based on morphological characteristics, including:

  • Macroinvertebrates indexes (abundance, diversity, species richness, habitat quality)

  • Fish monitoring through gillnet sampling or electrofishing and fishes index (IBIP, abundance, density, species richness)

  • Threatened and endangered species monitoring

Moreover, thanks to our close collaboration with the University of Namur, we have privileged access to leading-edge technology such as Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscope (TEM and SEM technologies).

Advice

e-biom employs a multidisciplinary team of experienced biologists with expertise in molecular ecology, ecological assessment and biological monitoring.

To fully interprete genetic data, we perform many analyses, using a broad range of methods, from basic statistics to advanced bioinformatics tools. We also offer a full consultancy service giving advice on all aspects of sampling, data collection, as well as analyses and interpretation.

Based on our expertise in aquatic and terrestrial ecology, we will help you design a biomonitoring program to suit your individual needs, making recommendations for mitigation and management plans.

Finaly, we compile the collected information into a comprehensive report to guide our clients. The report may include recommendations based on existing policy and legislation.