eDNA test protocols: advances, applications and limitations

Environmental DNA (eDNA) monitoring has revolutionised the way biodiversity is surveyed and has been proposed as a reliable method to inform management decisions. Recognition of eDNA techniques as reliable tools to inform management and biosecurity require stringent standards to assess sample quality and reliability of results (Trujillo-González, et al. 2021 https://doi.org/10.1002/edn3.243).

EcoDNA and the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis has invited leading eDNA researchers and practitioners to a 2-day workshop to discuss best-practice guidelines for assay validation, eDNA collection and analysis, with the ultimate goal of establishing the National Environmental DNA Test Protocols (NETPs).

On the first day of the workshop, invited participants will be presenting a series of short introductory talks on the advances, applications and limitations for eDNA test protocols. 

This part of the workshop will be open to the general community and we invite you to join us for a morning of short presentations by eDNA researchers and practitioners to gain a current understanding of the issues involved in the implementation and application of this revolutionary technology.

Hosted from the University of Canberra. Find your local time here.

Program

10:00 eDNA Advances

 

Welcome

Alejandro Trujillo-Gonzalez (University of Canberra)

National environmental DNA assay validation guidelines & protocol development

Alejandro Trujillo-Gonzalez (University of Canberra)

Government expectations & the eDNA reference network

Geoff Grossel (Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment)

eDNA standardisation & the OPBS (Ocean Best Practices System) framework

Jodie Van de Kamp (CSIRO)

11:00 Morning tea break

 

11:15 eDNA Applications and Limitations

 

Standardisation & proficiency testing of eDNA: lessons to date

Mark Sykes (Fera Science Ltd, UK)

Best practices & minimum quality assurance

Nicole White (Curtin University)

11:45 Discussion