University Courses on
Molecular Analysis of Trophic Interactions (MATI)
Metabarcoding of Trophic Interactions (MOTI)


In addition to our very successful MATI course, which provides general background and methods for the analysis of trophic interactions, we now offer also a MOTI course to deliver in-depth information on the application of metabarcoding in this field.


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MATI: 10th - 21st of September 2018
MOTI: 24th - 28th of September 2018


Molecular approaches offer exciting possibilities to study trophic interactions. Within the last decade considerable progress has been made in DNA-based methodology to unravel who eats what including predator-prey, host-parasitoid and herbivore-plant interactions across ecosystems.

The MATI course provides a hands-on introduction to molecular trophic ecology and offers the opportunity to learn and discuss how to best apply these methods to your own research project. Participants will obtain a general background - both in theory and practice - for molecular assessment of trophic interactions, including key techniques in the lab for the application of the methods needed. Besides DNA extraction, PCR and sequencing this course focusses on assay development and evaluation.

The MOTI course specifically deals with metabarcoding of dieatary samples. It delivers a theoretical introduction to NGS and the practical analysis of metabarcoding data using a provided data set. Thus, the MOTI course supplements the MATI course specifically for NGS-based diet analysis.


Feedback from participants of the MATI course:

“…I recently received a grant to detect specific species of copepods in fish gut contents and detecting fish populations with environmental DNA. I know I wouldn't have been able to write the grant without taking the MATI course …”

“…I really liked the combination of practicals and theory. This really helps to better understand the course …”

“…This course allowed me to rehearse or repeat some skills ... The discussion on implementing the techniques learned was the best. It allows you to directly apply the skills and knowledge gained in this course into research …”

Online enrolment for the MATI and MOTI course is open until 31st of July 2018.

If you need further help with the enrolment, please check these instructions
or contact Christina Brückl via E-Mail or Telephone: +43 512 507 96501


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