The Naturalis sampling team joined the youngsters of JNM – Jongeren in de natuur (Youth in Nature) during their summer camp in De Biesbosch, to share a day of sampling and learning about the relevance of genomics for the protection and restoration of Nature. The programme of activities during the day aimed at giving the participants a general overview of the different activities that define the biodiversity genomics workflow: sampling → identification → DNA data analysis → biodiversity research → policy and protection.
JNM – Youth in nature, is a non-profit association for and by young people. Their goal is to instil in youngsters aged 11-25 an interest in Nature and useful knowledge of how to protect it. The Biesbosch National Park is a nature conservation area and the largest freshwater tidal zone in Europe.
- Raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity
- Raise awareness about DNA-based methods used in biodiversity research and their implications for monitoring, conservation
- Collect samples (insects) relevant for the target list of BGE
1. Theoretical background: Biodiversity quiz. Why do we need this?
2. Sampling: What is it? What are the different methods of sampling? Which are the main kinds of traps and how to properly use them? Setting up of a malaise trap
3. Target species: how to use the target list and sampling tool (ADA, developed within the Naturalis ARISE project)
4. Bioblitz (using biodiversity identification app Obsidentify) during the day
5. Sampling analysis: Analysis of the samples (under the microscope, using books, search cards, Obsidentify, etc.)
6. DNA barcoding game (DNA detective game): How is DNA used to identify species (specifically metabarcoding)?
7. Why is using DNA complementary to the classical taxonomy?
8. Info market (several stations with staff from Naturalis offered a variety of additional information about lab work, game “The fastest pipetting”, checking what is there in the malaise trap, Diopsis -automatic insect monitoring device).