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Using DNA-based methods for environmental monitoring and decision-making

Reviews recent advances in DNA-based methods for environmental monitoring and decision-making in the absence of a regulated framework to validate the methods.

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Using DNA-based methods for environmental monitoring and decision-making

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The Environment Agency are working closely with the research community to develop new ecological monitoring methods and tools that seek to provide greater insight into the makeup of biological communities and to improve our current monitoring of individual species. Two approaches are being focused on: one targets DNA extracted directly from the organisms themselves, and the other uses environmental DNA (eDNA) which is released from an organism via faeces, urine, slime, skin and so on into environmental samples such as water, soil and sediments.

Published 2 August 2016