Environmental DNA (eDNA) refers to DNA present in environmental samples such as soil, water, sediments, or air. Organisms release DNA into their environment through secretions and discharges such as saliva, shed skin cells, faeces, gametes, hair or bodily remains. Our team uses specialised genetic tools and facilities to detect traces of DNA left by these organisms enabling us to confirm species presence even without visual sighting.
The eDNA technology offers a sensitive and cost-efficient alternative to traditional methods of species monitoring which can be expensive and challenging. Applications include detection of invaders or rare species of conservation concern, and biodiversity monitoring.