Training on Environmental DNA (eDNA)

February 9, 2021

Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a novel method for sampling biodiversity through analysis of genetic material (DNA). eDNA sampling for the aquatic environment involves taking water samples and then the DNA in the sample that has come from aquatic organisms (fish, macroinvertebrates, plankton, etc.), and then match the DNA to a global DNA database to identify species in the water. This methodology can detect species that are difficult to detect with other field methods. The method is fairly simple to implement in the field, but requires equipment for genetic analysis, and also expertise in data analysis. The process for implementing eDNA sampling will be presented and the pros and cons discussed with participants. A standardized global protocol as well as a case study from the Trishuli River will be presented.


About the Presenters:

Dr. Kat Bruce

Co-Founder: Nature Metrics
United Kingdom

Mr. Dibesh Karmacharya

CEO: Center for Molecular Dynamics


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