Proof of Concept


The main goal of the Proof of Concept (PoC) is to test the capacity of the European Raptor Biomonitoring Facility for pan-European monitoring in raptors. The Proof of Concept is specifically testing the capacity to assess spatial variation in contaminant residue levels across Europe, based on a 100x100 km grid. 

The PoC will test the capacity to:

  1. obtain raptor samples from collections and other institutions (the Collections Arena),
  2. fill gaps in spatial coverage through new field acquisition of samples (the Field Arena),
  3. coordinate shipping of samples (both within countries and internationally) from collections and other institutions to toxicology laboratories (the Analysis Arena);
  4. analyse samples following agreed quality controls (the Analysis Arena);
  5. and to interpret results at European scale.

The study will focus on one family of pesticides (anticoagulant rodenticides) and two heavy metals (mercury and lead).


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Tawny owl (Strix aluco) has prevailed as one of the most universal species to be used as sentinel for environmental contaminant monitoring (M. Leivits)