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Sampling of lake Erken and Plåten during summer and autumn

Sampling of lake Erken Water on a windy day for the FunAqua project. Photographer: William Colom. Sampling of lake Erken Water on a windy day for the FunAqua project. Photographer: William Colom.

Together with researchers at Uppsala University and SLU we took samples from lake Erken and Plåten during summer and autumn for the international project FunAqua coordinated by a research group at the Estonian University of Life Science. FunAqua is a global inventory of fungal biodiversity in water and sediments based on DNA sequencing techniques. Fungi are well described key players in terrestrial ecosystems, whereas their diversity and importance in freshwater ecosystems in particular at the goal scale is still largely unknown. The project is also linked to GLEON, i.e. the Global lake observatory network, which is a perfect platform for a global standardized sampling campaign that bring together a larger number of research groups and samples from a large number of lakes and ponds. 

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