Environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques have proven to have a number of advantages over more traditional methods of sampling. Catch up with our latest news which reveals the numbers that are making eDNA testing highly effective.
- There are less restrictions on when you can sample giving you the flexibility you need
- The tests are fast and simple to perform potentially saving you time and money
Great crested newts are a protected species in this country so they can’t be disturbed. Survey reports and mitigation plans are required for development projects that could affect protected species, so it’s important to show that you have tested for the presence of great crested newts in ponds on any development site. Fera has been at the heart of eDNA testing for great crested newts in the UK, analysing 1000’s of samples in recent seasons, over 1350 in 2015 alone! If you suspect a great crested newt habitat on your development site, don’t hesitate to get in touch and order your 2018 great crested newt testing now!
We can also offer bespoke training in eDNA techniques that can be carried out at your own place of work or at our state of the art conference centre at Fera, Sand Hutton in York, so please get in touch.
eDNA is particularly useful to identify species in water bodies and is used most famously for great crested newts. However eDNA can be used for other species and applications.
It’s possible to identify other species from the DNA they release into the environment. Ponds are particularily good for detection of DNA given off by species such as newts, but it’s also possible to pick up eDNA in rivers from animals such as aquatic mammals and fish. You can also use eDNA techniques to understand water quality or ecological community diversity. If you have any projects you would be interested in Fera helping with please get in contact here.
DNA barcoding is a technique we can use to identify different individual species from environmental DNA. A prime example is using bat guano to identify specific species of bat roosting in buildings. Alternatively, it can be employed through metabarcoding to monitor a wide range of species simultaneously in environmental samples. Please contact us here if this is something you’d be interested in.