Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a relatively new method that is increasingly being used for survey of aquatic taxa, including vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants. This highly effective, cost-efficient and non-invasive method relies on the detection of genetic materials in aquatic ecosystems using laboratory analysis of water samples to detect DNA from the target taxa.
Environmental DNA methods are predicated on basic biological principles, and employ long-standing proven methods for laboratory testing. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) is the preferred method for detecting DNA in water samples as it provides an effective way to amplify, detect and identify existing DNA in sample water collected from natural aquatic systems.
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This one-day course will provide training and instruction for participants’ eager to engage in the use of eDNA methods. The training will benefit those interested in conducting or contracting eDNA field programs. Managers responsible for over-seeing contracts for eDNA projects will also benefit by attending this course.
In the first part of the course we’ll provide background on the principles, and theory, inherent to standard eDNA applications. The second part of the course provides formal training on field and lab protocols; including data interpretation and reporting standards. The course will inform participants to support effective survey design, implementation and reporting. We’ll also employ a ‘hands-on’ approach to tutor participants and ensure competency in field collection treatment (filtering and dispatching samples for analysis).
The training includes updates on new (January 2018) protocols (Hobbs et al 2018), and lab methods described in a recent publication by University of Victoria and Jared Hobbs (Veldhoen et al 2016). Course instruction will also help proponents evaluate eDNA proposals to ensure quality during implementation and lab selection. Attendance is strongly encouraged for staff who might find themselves conducting or supervising eDNA projects.
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