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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UPDATE: From January 2019 onward, the eDNA Methods course will only be available as a two-day course offering.
For these two course deliveries, enrollment and completion of Day Two is recommended for those participants interested in more in-depth hands-on field training. Enrollment in the full two-day course includes a field training session, and will provide training in effective survey design, sample collection, project implementation and reporting. Those interested in learning all aspects of eDNA methods are strongly encouraged to enroll in Day One and Two.
The training will benefit those interested in contracting or conducting eDNA field programs. Managers responsible for overseeing contracts for eDNA projects will benefit by attending Day One of the course. Participants that anticipate being involved in field collection, or those that simply want a more fulsome understanding of field logistics, should enroll in Day Two as well. This course has been extended by popular request to add a field component.
During Day One of the course, we’ll review updates on new BC Ministry of Environment eDNA sample collection protocols (Hobbs et al 2017), and gain an understanding of critical considerations for lab practices as described in a recent PLOSOne publication by University of Victoria and Jared Hobbs (Veldhoen et al 2016). Course instruction will help participants that intend to evaluate eDNA proposals to ensure quality during implementation and lab selection. Attendance in Day Two is strongly encouraged for staff who might find themselves in the field, conducting or supervising their own eDNA projects.
For more information and registration, please see course page here.