DIAGNOSING RIVER HEALTH USING INVERTEBRATE TRAITS AND DNA BARCODES

Grant number: LP160100093 | Funding period: 2016 - 2019

Completed

Abstract

This project aims to develop indices that link change in invertebrate communities to specific environmental stressors, and combine these indices with innovative, low cost molecular approaches to species identification to rapidly identify the causes of decline. River health assessment methods, usually based on aquatic invertebrates, identify if rivers are impaired but must be developed to identify the causes of decline. The intended outcomes are improved sustainable water resource management within and among states, and improved natural resource policy development.

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