DNA Barcoding Elmidae – application of molecular taxonomy for description of aquatic beetles biodiversity

11/01/2016 16:25

agency: VEGA

duration: 2016 - 2019

keywordsDNA barcoding, biodiversity, taxonomy, Elmidae, Coleoptera 



The beetles play a key role in the ecosystem functioning and they are also important for monitoring impacts of environmental changes. Even studied intensively, the identification of beetle species often remains problematic. However, development of robust DNA barcode database could help overcome this problem. The main source of DNA barcodes is the project Barcode of Life, including ca. 4,5 million of sequences. There are 464 sequences of ca 30 Elmidae species, small fraction of about 1500 known species. The goal of this project is taxonomic analysis of uniquely rich material of Elmidae, producing and analysis of new DNA barcodes (min 1000 new sequences), thorough comparisons of taxonomic results gained using morphological and molecular characters (estimating applicability of DNA barcodes for elmid taxonomy), new taxa description, phylogeny of taxa studied, evaluation of relationships between species and genetic diversity and evaluation of Elmidae DNA barcode data applicability in monitoring and conservation. 


principal investigator:

RNDr. Fedor Čiampor Jr., PhD., Institute of Botany SAS, Bratislava, Slovakia



RNDr. Zuzana Čiamporová-Zaťovičová, PhD., Institute of Botany SAS, Bratislava, Slovakia

Doc. RNDr. Ján Kodada, CSc., Faculty of Natural Sciences UK, Bratislava, Slovakia


PhD. students:

Mgr. Daniel Jablonski

Mgr. Katarína Goffová

Mgr. Darina Šípošová






Slovenská limnologická spoločnosť pri SAV

Centrum biológie rastlín a biodiverzity SAV
Botanický ústav
Dúbravská cesta 9
845 23

Číslo účtu: IBAN
SK80 8330 0000 0021 0136 5331