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Ecological Assessment Using DNA


eDNA (environmental DNA) survey is a technique where water samples, typically from ponds or streams, are taken and then analysed to identify if there is any environmental DNA from animals which are present. Historically, the use of this technique has been more focused on identification of the protected Great Crested Newt within ponds, but recent advancements in the analysis phase mean this can now be extended to look for a wider range of species. INCA has experience with eDNA surveys for newt identification and more recently with searches for other species, including invasive and protected, present within or around waterbodies in the wider landscape. Looking ahead this broader range of applications for eDNA survey now includes both targeted species detection and wider biodiversity monitoring which can better inform your site biodiversity action plan.