We have a dedicated laboratory for trace DNA samples which is physically isolated from all other buildings and laboratories where DNA work is carried out. This facility is especially equipped to handle minute amounts of DNA while minimising potential contamination and enabling techniques to be carried out at ISO-17025 standard. Staff training and strict adherence to protocols enable our researchers to undertake genetic analyses of low-quantity DNA samples to the highest standards. Samples that can be handled include all types of trace DNA derived from sources such as faeces, soil, water, air as well as from historic samples such as those from museum specimens.
The Wildlife Genetics Laboratory allows researchers to undertake high quality DNA research using separate pre- and post- PCR space equipped for quantitative PCR work, DNA sequencing, genotyping, cloning, epigenetics, and state-of-the-art cytogenetic work.
A dedicated room for filtration of water samples is available at the Animal House Facility. Water samples from the field are filtered here and placed in cold storage for subsequent eDNA analysis.
The environmental research precinct includes animal holding facilities for a wide variety of species and an aquatic research facility consisting of mesocosms and flumes to provide a range of controlled freshwater environments.