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FFI detects pygmy hippo and 165 other species in Southeast Liberia as part of world-leading eDNA project

By |12th August 2022|

Our aquatic eDNA survey enabled Fauna & Flora International and Liberia’s Forest Development Authority to detect the endangered and elusive pygmy hippo, contributing to eBioAtlas, a global freshwater eDNA programme in partnership with IUCN. From just 20 samples of water, they found what they were looking for alongside 166 other species, including six that were endangered - saving years of research when compared with traditional sampling techniques.

Freshwater Habitats Trust

By |14th July 2022|

Freshwater Habitats Trust is a UK charity with a mission to protect freshwater life for everyone to enjoy. As an evidence-based conservation charity, FHT promotes a strong science grounding in all their work. FHT approached us to help them carry out aquatic eDNA surveys around the River Ock catchment in Oxfordshire to collect baseline data on fish populations.

Soil eDNA data forms part of world-leading research for Highlands Rewilding

By |24th May 2022|

We worked with Ecosulis as part of CreditNATURE, a three-month feasibility study funded through Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund to assist Highlands Rewilding - a new company founded by eco-entrepreneur Jeremy Leggett - to map soil fauna and fungi across the 511-hectare Bunloit estate on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland.

eDNA in the Peruvian Amazon

By |16th February 2022|

When WWF Peru approached us to help survey six aquatic species including Amazon manatees, pink river dolphins and migratory catfish along the Marañon river in the Northern Peruvian Amazon as part of their Healthy Rivers programme, we knew that our aquatic eDNA service would prove an invaluable resource.

eDNA in the River Thames

By |18th August 2021|

Fish communities obtained from monthly eDNA samples on the River Thames were compared with Environment Agency electrofishing records in the nearby area. eDNA detected more species per unit effort and provided consistent data on a number of important species that are routinely under-sampled in electrofishing.

Aquatic eDNA macroinvertebrate monitoring of chalk streams

By |5th August 2021|

River Action Project Chairman Charles Watson conducted eDNA surveys of aquatic macroinvertebrates in three Hampshire chalk streams as part of the Upper Itchen Initiative. Despite having no previous ecological training, Charles was able to collect the eDNA samples and send them to the NatureMetrics laboratories for analysis quickly and safely. The project delivered data across 3 different sites and highlighted significant differences in macroinvertebrate diversity at sites with different suspected levels of pollution.

RSPB Common Scoter & Trout project

By |5th August 2021|

RSBP Scotland collaborated with NatureMetrics to conduct a pilot eDNA study in five lochs. They aimed to better understand the ecology of Scottish lochs and their suitability as habitat for the Common Scoter, a rare duck species. Data highlighted ecological differences that influence the suitability of the lochs as habitat for the Common Scoter.

MozamSeq Case Study

By |6th July 2021|

The MozamSeq project aims to facilitate the large-scale application of eDNA monitoring in Mozambique to support conservation, fisheries monitoring, and ecological impact assessment. Our findings highlighted the importance of investing in the creation of DNA reference libraries to support the accurate naming of species detected by eDNA.

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