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Establishing standards and integrating environmental DNA (eDNA) data into the USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species database


Non-native species continue to spread in sensitive ecosystems such as the Great Lakes Basin. However, identifying the presence of these species in large, remote systems can be challenging. Environmental DNA (eDNA) provides an opportunity to perform high sensitivity monitoring efforts of cryptic species by testing water, soil, or even air samples for DNA. We propose adding eDNA data to the USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) database, which currently maps and displays the distribution of non-native aquatic species detected through visual identification or physical capture. The publication of eDNA detections in a public database first requires the development of conservative standards for conducting and reporting eDNA analyses. [...]


Principal Investigator :
Margaret E Hunter
Cooperator/Partner :
Jason A Ferrante, Matthew E Neilson, Wesley M Daniel, Pam Fuller

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