Organisms that come in contact with water shed their DNA, leaving behind a unique signature of their presence.
We currently have the capability to test water samples for bacteria, phytoplankton, and vertebrates. Phytoplankton assays include any taxa with a chloroplast including cyanobacteria, diatoms, and green algae. Vertebrate assays can be used to assay fish assemblages, utilization of water sources by wildlife, or source tracking of fecal coliform bacteria.
Our aquatic eDNA sampling kit requires minimal effort at a given site to sample and filter a water sample.