Particle size distribution and optimal capture of aqueous macrobial eDNA

Cameron R. Turner, Matthew A. Barnes, Charles C. Y. Xu, Stuart E. Jones, Christopher L. Jerde, David M. Lodge
  • Methods in Ecology and Evolution, June 2014, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/2041-210x.12206

Size of Common Carp eDNA-bearing particles in an aquatic environment

What is it about?

Like detectives looking for DNA traces from suspects or victims at a crime scene, ecologists can look for animal or plant DNA in the environment ("environmental DNA" or "eDNA") to provide clues about organism presence. Here, we conducted eDNA surveillance for Common Carp and report the results of an experiment designed to determine the size of eDNA-bearing particles in the environment.

Why is it important?

Knowledge about the size of eDNA-bearing particles will improve our ability to collect eDNA and use it as a tool to understand species distributions in space and time.

The following have contributed to this page: Dr Matthew A Barnes