Environmental DNA for Wildlife Biology and Biodiversity Monitoring

Bohmann, K. and Evans, A. and Gilbert, M.T.P. and Carvalho, G.R. and Creer, S. and Knapp, M. and Yu, D.W. and De Bruyn, M. (2014) Environmental DNA for Wildlife Biology and Biodiversity Monitoring. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29 ((6)). pp. 358-367. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2014.04.003

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Extraction and identification of DNA from an environmental sample has proven noteworthy recently in detecting and monitoring not only common species, but also those that are endangered, invasive, or elusive. Particular attributes of so-called environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis render it a potent tool for elucidating mechanistic insights in ecological and evolutionary processes. Foremost among these is an improved ability to explore ecosystem-level processes, the generation of quantitative indices for analyses of species, community diversity, and dynamics, and novel opportunities through the use of time-serial samples and unprecedented sensitivity for detecting rare or difficult-to-sample taxa. Although technical challenges remain, here we examine the current frontiers of eDNA, outline key aspects requiring improvement, and suggest future developments and innovations for research.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Natural Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 16:30
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:57
ISSN: 0169-5347
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/326
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2014.04.003
Publisher: Elsevier
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