ECT offers a range of taxonomic and monitoring activities for various groups of terrestrial invertebrates. These activities range from GLP field studies to complex research using modern DNA-based methods (metabarcoding).
ECT has expertise in the taxonomy of earthworms (Lumbricidae), potworms (Enchytraeidae), flies (Diptera) and dung-breeding beetles (Coleoptera). Various other groups of terrestrial organisms (e.g. Collembola, Nematoda) are covered by our close partners. In several monitoring studies, we have studied ecotoxicological effects on these groups of terrestrial invertebrates in combination with their ecology, distribution, and diversity in the field. ECT is developing efficient and routinely practicable biomonitoring methods for soil organisms. In addition to ‘classical’ morphological methods, we have implemented ‘modern’ genetic methods of taxonomy (metabarcoding). Projects are conducted throughout Europe as well as in North and South America, and range from method development and standardisation to GLP field studies.