Next generation biomonitoring of change in ecosystem structure and function
David Bohan, INRA Dijon
vendredi 2 décembre 2016 à 11 heures, amphi Monge
The diversity of species and their interactions supports many of the ecosystem services on which humanity relies. Global and man-made change threatens the provision of these services by affecting species ranges and altering niches. Networks have become the standard ecological method for studying systems of interacting species and their functions. Our vision is for a generic next-generation biomonitoring (NGB) approach that can detect ecosystem-wide change more rapidly, sensitively and cheaply than current biomonitoring. Using a unique combination of Next Generation Sequencing and Machine-based Learning, NGB could reconstruct ecological networks to identify change in ecosystem structure and function across the very largest scales, revolutionising both our ecological understanding of ecosystems and our ability to predict and mitigate global change.