When businesses and governments want to know what is living where, they usually conduct biodiversity surveys so they can report on the natural world and their impacts on it. Traditionally, this involves going out and looking for species of concern, but recent advancements in DNA sequencing technologies have given us a new way to monitor ecosystems.
Rather than going out to find the animals themselves, all that is needed is a tiny sample of their DNA. As organisms move about, they shed dead skin cells, faeces, mucus and more into the environment, and these pieces contain their DNA. The environment is therefore full of “environmental DNA”, or eDNA, of the organisms living there, making the collection of their DNA possible without ever seeing the animals. Simply take a sample of the water or soil and you can capture biodiversity across the tree of life.
NatureMetrics offers powerful, scalable biodiversity data that is delivered safely and sustainably using DNA. Our range of cutting edge DNA tools can detect INNS species and species of conservation concern including terrestrial and semi-aquatic species. It can also be used to characterise fish, invertebrate and mammal communities.
Here are 5 reasons why the eDNA method is here to stay in the water sector: