Environmental DNA

Environmental DNA (eDNA) based approaches allow non-invasive sampling, broad taxonomic coverage, high sensitivity, and the possibility to automation. However, the disruptive character and rapid developments of the new technology challenge its implementation.

These guidelines on ‘Environmental DNA applications in biomonitoring and bioassessment of aquatic ecosystems’ explain the principles of the eDNA technology and presents its advantages and limitations. It shows possible applications of eDNA tools in monitoring and assessment of aquatic ecosystems, and provides detailed protocols and best practices for processing eDNA samples.

Note: This publication is not an enforcement aid of the Confederation but a guideline.

Video measuring Biodiversity with Environmental DNA: