Advancing ecological understanding
with environmental DNA


ecological understanding

with environmental DNA

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At Jonah Ventures, we apply the latest DNA sequencing technology to quantify DNA in the environment. Using quantitative PCR and Next Generation Sequencing, we help clients answer questions about the health of aquatic ecosystems, the ecology of animals, and the performance of plants. We founded Jonah Ventures to make these techniques available to others without compromising on transparency or rigor.



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New phytoplankton closed reference database

One of Jonah's advances in helping clients with metabarcoding was to develop a closed reference database for higher plants to aid in long-term continuity of data. In essence, we permanently assign a consensus sequence to a unique OTU ID. That way, we have continuity...

Sequencing raptor diet

On the diet side, we have reconstructed diets for a number of birds for clients. We've looked at what insects and plants prairie chickens eat. We've quantified the plants that geese in Alaska eat. We've looked at the insects and other invertebrates that shorebirds and...

Is aquatic eDNA ready?

A short note here to share our thinking around the office and lab... Here, at Jonah Ventures we’ve spent a fair amount of resources working to understand how to apply next generation sequencing technology to aquatic environmental DNA. Speaking non-technically for now,...

An aid to help sample water

We were running a pilot project the other day that required us to take 20 aquatic eDNA samples from the same site. The goal of the project is to look at species accumulation curves as we sample more and more water. The project requires pushing water through our...

Bird DNA in water

We just finished analyzing ~100 stream eDNA samples for Nebraska DEQ. We ran these samples with 12S primers that amplify vertebrate DNA. The goal of the project was to look for DNA that might be helpful in determining the sources of fecal coliform bacteria in the...

Sequencing the Potomac River

The Potomac River starts small, at a place called Fairfax Stone. 300 miles later--as it passes by Washington DC and enters the Chesapeake Bay estuary, it's very large. Along the way the Potomac does more than pick up water. It picks up nutrients from the surrounding...
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