WAT-DIMON- Novel DNA-based test for the identification of benthic diatoms of European Freshwater Waterbodies (EUROSTARS/0519/0005).

I.A.CO Environmental & Water Consultants Ltd is participating in the project E-Wat-Dimon Novel DNA-based test for the identification of benthic diatoms of European Freshwater Waterbodies (EUROSTARS/0519/0005). The Eurostars funded project E-Wat-Dimon was launched in July 2020, and has a duration of 35 months. Its total budget is 174.949,20€ from which 150.219,72€ are funds of the European Fund of Regional Development.

Aims of the project are to design and validate DNA metabarcoding methodology for European benthic diatoms identification and to develop a DNA-based analytic test for its standard application in biodiversity assessments of European rivers. The main output of the project will be a low-cost product, unique and fast DNA-based tool for routine application. The output of this project will be possibly a patent, of interest to genomic and environmental assessment fields. Eurostars funded projects such as the E-Wat-Dimon support small and medium-sized enterprises (R&D- performing SMEs) to develop rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services.

Partners in the project are the Laboratorios Tecnológicos de Levante Spain which is the leader organisation, the Cyprus University of Technology and I.A.CO which is the national coordinator.