Jefferson Salamander Environmental DNA Study
This sort of testing reduces the strain that human interactions have on animals and the environment.Read More
eDNA Leatherside Chub Detection
Looking to determine which sites need priority conservation?Read More
Environmental DNA Services - Stibnite Gold Project
Using eDNA methods to detect presence of sensitive species in headwater streams.Read More
We're leading the way with environmental DNA
Environmental deoxyribonucleic acid (eDNA) is DNA that is naturally shed by organisms into their environment, such as streams, rivers, oceans, soils, even in fecal matter. By sampling the habitat in which species live, we can detect their presence without having to capture, handle, or even see the organisms we are looking for.
From conserving biodiversity to aquaculture monitoring, environmental DNA (eDNA) tools are proving to be reliable, sensitive, species-specific, and safe for the organisms being studied and the habitats in which they live. We have a growing number of DNA laboratory partners so that we can provide eDNA services where you work.
Compared to conventional survey methods involving capture or observation, eDNA tools are more cost-effective, safer for field staff, and can provide rapid results in the field to detect the species being studied, with the potential to shave substantial time off of your project schedule.
Whether used as another survey tool in the toolbox, or on its own, the applications of eDNA methods are expanding rapidly and the benefits are clear.
For more information contact eDNA@stantec.com.
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Embracing a new eDNA TechnologyConventional methods of observing and detecting aquatic species can be time consuming, expensive, and harmful to the target species or their environment. Using eDNA sampling, we can perform non-invasive surveys for the presence of these creatures—potentially saving your projects time and money. Read More
Going where no consultant has gone before: using eDNA to monitor aquacultureTraditionally, if you wanted to sample aquacultures, you’d be collecting multiple litres of water samples. It takes time, money, and effort to collect and handle all of that water. With eDNA, that’s been replaced by a single filter—smaller than a coffee filter. Read More
Disrupting species identification: eDNA and identifying organisms in the fieldSome conventional species identification relies only on visual categorization. This can be troublesome with similar-looking species or incomplete specimens. Partnering with the University of Guelph to develop eDNA techniques as well as a pocket lab that brings testing the field, Mary Murdoch is pioneering this technology. Read More
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