Regenerative Agriculture

Inform nature-friendly farming. Reduce nature-related risk

Measure, monitor and disclose biodiversity impact in agriculture across all habitats and land uses, above and below ground

Join leading brands working with NatureMetrics to measure & monitor their nature impact

Affordable, high-integrity biodiversity monitoring

eDNA is the only solution that offers the accuracy of groundtruthing with the scaleabiltiy of remote sensing.

Quickly detect thousands of species, including animals, fungi, bacteria without time-consuming and invasive field surveys.

Inform on-farm management decisions

Biodiversity responds rapidly to changes in management.

Increase your understanding of sustainable farming practices through robust baselines, field comparisons and multi-year monitoring.

Track and compare multiple sites

Benchmarking biodiversity and tracking changes across multiple sites is easy with NatureMetrics.

Automatically convert raw data into 8 straightforward metrics that provide instant benefits to stakeholders at all levels, CSO to ecologist.

Get ahead of upcoming nature regulation

Mandatory nature-impact reporting is coming, including the CSRD, GBF and TNFD. Consumers are already shifting towards nature-positive companies.

Position yourself to meet consumer demand and disclosure obligations with high-integrity biodiversity data across your global supply chain.

Selected use cases for eDNA in agriculture

NatureMetrics helps agri-food organisations prepare for upcoming regulation, improve management decisions, and measure progress

Monitor and improve soil health

Soil biodiversity is an essential component to measure for healthy soil function.

Optimise on-farm management strategies

Quickly assess the effectiveness of new farming practices and inputs on soil, water and insect populations.

Track biodiversity performance across global supply chains

Easily compare biodiversity improvement over multiple sites with simple metrics anywhere in the world.

Add value to carbon credits

High-integrity carbon credits with biodiversity co-benefits sell for 4x more than average. eDNA enables carbon programmes to effectively measure aand communicate biodiversity uplift.

Prepare for upcoming legislation

Mandatory nature-impact disclosure is coming. Get ahead of upcoming reporting requirements with high-integrity biodiversity baselining and multi-year monitoring.

Increase the impact of nature-based solutions

Biodiversity is critical for nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, air and water quality. We help you increase the effectiveness of these initiatives with new levels of insight.

Make your nature strategy your USP

Why eDNA is the gold standard for biodiversity monitoring in agriculture

eDNA outperforms traditional biodiversity monitoring techniques and remote sensing models against a range of criteria.

What is eDNA?

All living things leave traces of their DNA in the environment (eDNA). We use this to identify individual species from small samples of soil, sediment, water and air.

eDNA gives the most comprehensive view across the full spectrum of life – providing an unrivalled picture of a site’s biodiversity.

Standardised methods with global reach

Survey biodiversity across all habitats, geographies, and land uses.

Collect more data with fewer samples

Monitor hard-to-detect species across the whole ‘web of life’

Increased accessibility repeatability, scaleability

Anyone can take scientifically-rigorous eDNA samples with minimal training

Beyond data: Inform decision making with metrics

We’ve reduced the time and cost associated with raw data analysis. Explore a range of data-backed metrics designed to improve your decision making, reduce risk and increase efficiencies

The total number of species detected.

  • Track whether your nature positive actions are supporting more species
  • Understand whether you are increasing habitats or resources to support more species
  • Track whether your site is becoming better connected with other sites
Why is Species Richness so important?

Increasing Species Richness can indicate more resources & habitats are available at your site, or has become better connected.

The number of species on the IUCN Red List classified as Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered.

  • Track whether nature positive actions are supporting a higher number of threatened species
  • Identify species in need of targeted recovery efforts
  • Focus efforts on key habitats that need to be protected
Why is it important to highlight IUCN Threatened Species?

An increase in the number of threatened species is generally associated with a positive trend in biodiversity or habitat condition

The quantity of ecosystem functions bacteria communities can perform.

  • Track how land-use changes are influencing the variety of ecosystem functions delivered by bacteria
  • Track resilience; ecosystems with a greater variety of ecosystem functions are more likely to be resilient to change
Why is bacterial functional diversity valuable?

Increasing Bacterial Functional Diversity implies the bacteria community can perform more ecological functions & respond to environmental changes.

The total number of invasive species detected in each sample or site.

  • Understand whether species considered to be invasive are present at your site
  • Track and report on the success of management interventions and targets
Why are invasive species so important to highlight?

An increase in the number of invasive species is generally associated with a negative trend in biodiversity

The variety of species types that occur in a community.

  • Track whether your nature positive actions are supporting a greater variety of species
  • Track broad pressures; reducing impacts could encourage a greater variety of species to return
  • Track resilience; ecosystems with a greater variety of species are more likely to be resilient to change
Why is evolutionary diversity so important?

Increasing Evolutionary Diversity can indicate a reduction in pressures at your site and increasing resilience of the community.

The quantity of feeding strategies in a fungal community.

  • Track whether nature positive actions are supporting a wider variety of fungal groups
  • Track resilience; ecosystems with a greater variety of ecosystem functions are more likely to be resilient to change
Why is fungal functional diversity valuable?

An increase in Fungal Functional Diversity implies more pathways for nutrient cycling to occur which can increase soil fertility.

The proportion of fish species considered vulnerable to human disturbance.

  • Track the return of vulnerable species after pressures have been reduced
  • Reveal high priority areas for conservation efforts to protect species that are highly vulnerable
  • Combine with all fish indices for full assessments
Why is this metric valuable?

An increase in the Prevalence of Sensitive Species implies that a fish community has more vulnerable species & suggests human pressures have been reduced.

The ratio of fungi to bacteria DNA in soil, providing an indication of soil health.

  • Demonstrate reductions in intensive human impacts
  • Track progress to more mature vegetation states away from degraded landscapes
  • Understand if the levels of stable carbon in the soil are improving
Why is this metric valuable?

An increase in Soil Fungal:Bacterial Ratio indicates progress towards healthier soils & good-quality stored carbon.

Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a powerful tool for providing biodiversity data, enabling better informed data driven decisions for our projects and our clients. Whether this be the use of eDNA to determine the presence of vertebrates, invertebrates or bacteria from water samples or the use of eDNA to track changes in soil and macroinvertebrate communities; the value of rapidly developing eDNA technology is mind blowing.

Luke Gorman, Professional Head of Ecology/Associate Director (Ecology) - Atkins

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