Addressıng of Invasıve Alıen Specıes Threats ın Terrestrıal Areas and Inland Waters ın Turkey

Environmental DNA Analysis Methodology (eDNA) Workshop (Determination of target invasive alien species, Carassius gibelio, by eDNA method)

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters Project in Turkey” funded under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) between Republic of Turkey and European Union, and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, workshop on Environmental DNA Analysis Methodology (eDNA) was held on  June 15th 2021. 

More than 80 participants from different regional directorates of the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, representatives of Stakeholder Ministries, Academicians and NGO Representatives participated to the workshop.

Within the scope of the workshop, Prof. Dr. Özgür Emiroğlu, TERIAS Project Carassius gibelio (Silver Gibel Carp) Species Expert, Eskişehir Osmangazi University and Prof. Dr. Pınar Öztopçu Vatan, eDNA Analysis Methodology Expert, Faculty of Molecular Biology, Eskişehir Osmangazi University made  presentations on the Environmental DNA Analysis Methodology and shared information.

After the field studies on the Carassius gibelio (Silver Gibel Carp), which is one of the most common invasive alien species seen in Turkey’s inland waters, were carried out in Gebeceler, Seyitler Dam Lake in Afyonkarahisar, the caught fish, especially Carassius gibelio samples, were brought to Eskişehir Osmangazi University Fisheries Laboratory for necessary examinations. One of the most important aim of the field studies is to detect the related species as early as possible and to create an early warning system, using the Environmental DNA (eDNA) methodology, which is implemented for the first time in Turkey within the scope of the project.

The impressions of the relevant experts on the studies in Seyitler Dam Lake and the Fisheries Laboratory of Eskişehir Osmangazi University and their evaluations on the Environmental DNA methodology were shared at the workshop.

For further information, presentations and videos please visit the following links:



End Beneficiary:  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks
Consultant: Hulla & Co Human Dynamics GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finish Environment Institute Consortium

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