UM to hold molecular genetics and genomics training

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November, 2019 at 3:36 pm by Christian Keszthelyi

The University of Malta and the Conservation Biology Research Group will hold the first Genomic Biodiversity Knowledge for Resilient Ecosystems (G-BIKE) COST Action training school led by Professor Adriana Vella, from 20 to 22 January 2020, according to a press statement sent to Business Malta.

This unique training school will offer insight into investigative genomic tools and their outputs for improving the effectiveness of conservation monitoring and management of wild plants and animals, as well as, diverse habitats and ecosystems, organisers say.

As 2020 marks an important deadline in numerous biodiversity conservation targets set at international and European levels, molecular genetics and genomics techniques an innovative tools that can be used to achieve these targets accurately, efficiently and with minimal disturbance to species and habitats.

Together with Ms Vella’s contribution to the G-BIKE training school in Malta, there will be ten international experts from Europe and the United States who have worked on diverse ecosystems and considered different plant and animal species.

Latest developments in the use and applications of molecular genetic techniques will be explored, considering the specific backgrounds of the participants and their needs in upgrading their skills as conservation practitioners.

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