Environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis is a technique used to identify and study the DNA of organisms present in a particular environment without directly observing them. The process begins with the collection of samples using a sampling kit, consisting of plastic syringes and filters in the case of water. Once the sample is collected, DNA extraction is performed to isolate and purify the DNA from the environmental matrix. Next, high-throughput sequencing reads out the DNA information. The resulting data is then analyzed using bioinformatics software to identify the species present in the sample. Finally, a report is generated to summarize the findings and provide information on the biodiversity of the sampled environment.
In principle, samples may be taken from water, soil, or even air. DNA is everywhere and new methods to detect it are being developed. Water, particularly freshwater, is the most established starting point for eDNA analysis. Currently, we are offering the following services:
We offer a well-established service for freshwater habitat monitoring. Starting from a filtered water sample, we carry out eDNA barcoding and bioinformatic analysis to generate a taxonomic report. We offer a rapid and tailored service from sampling to final data delivery. Please get in touch for a project consultation.
DNA-based detection for invasive mussels: Quagga mussels (Dreissena rostriformis /bugensis) are invasive species in many eco-systems known for their devastating impact on aquatic habitats. We offer an early detection and monitoring solution for these species in lakes and rivers. The eDNA method can detect small traces of genetic material left by the mussels in the water.
Soil eDNA Service
You might call our Soil eDNA Service a groundbreaking solution - one that accurately detects and reports on biodiversity both above and below ground, providing rich data on fungal and bacterial communities, as well as insects and worms. This data can complement and enhance Carbon Credits, offer vital insights into the health of an ecosystem or inform agricultural decisions. As an early access service, we are seeking pilot partners to make the best use of eDNA technology in the context of soil.
Tree of Life Service
A comprehensive snapshot of an ecosystem's biodiversity. Our most innovative service detects biodiversity across the evolutionary tree, from insects and fungi to bacteria, archaea, plants, birds, and mammals. We can identify thousands of species present in any ecosystem, allowing you to gain insight and manage or restore habitats. Please get in touch for a project consultation.
Custom eDNA Service
As a small expert lab, we are perfectly positioned to accommodate your custom DNA meta-barcoding project. Our offer can be tailored from general community assess-ment of animals, fungi, plants and micro-organisms to single species detection. We can work with water, soil and other sample formats and will work with you to develop suitable methods.