Metagenomics of Extreme Wave Events

BELSPO BRAIN-be 2.0 project

Total budget: €149,979

Duration: 2017-2022

Point of contact: Vanessa Heyvaert


The GEN-EX project seeks to address the issue of identifying and differentiating between storm surge and tsunami deposits through the application of metagenomic techniques. Metagenomics, also known as environmental genomics, environmental DNA or eDNA, is the field of biology concerned with extracting DNA directly from the environment. While metagenomics has successfully answered a range of questions concerning the biodiversity of current and ancient flora and fauna, it constitutes a novel approach for the extreme wave event community.