JonahWater aquatic eDNA kits
Reveal the hidden world of algae and fish in your water
Our JonahWater aquatic eDNA kits will be made available to citizens, managers, and scientists across the country
The kits will provide a simple, quick, and inexpensive way to survey aquatic biodiversity and assess water quality
Currently, these kits are available for beta testing. Each participant will receive their own JonahWater kit to test as well as access to the JonahWater mobile app and data portal
Participants are asked to sample water according to the provided instructions, record meta-data, and send in the kit to the Jonah Ventures lab
Samples will be analyzed for phytoplankton and fish DNA via Next Generation Sequencing
Additional analyses are available by request
Results will be made available in 4-6 weeks
Once kits are received, go to discover.jonahventures.com
The Jonah Ventures team is excited to offer this simple kit for sampling environmental DNA. It truly has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of aquatic biodiversity and water quality.Joe Craine, PhD
Currently, we have sent out all of our beta test kits for this round. Stay tuned for more news!
What will I receive if I participate?
Each participant will receive a JonahWater aquatic eDNA kit mailed to their address. It will contain all necessary materials to sample and filter water as well as a postage-paid return envelope.
Am I guaranteed a kit if I sign up here?
We cannot guarantee that all volunteers will receive a kit. We have a limited number of kits that we can send out at this point.
Are there any costs?
There are no costs to the participant. The kits are free and all postage is included.
How will I get to see my data?
All data will be returned via the JonahWater data portal. Users will receive an email when their data are ready to be viewed.
Do I need Android or iOS?
Participants will need to download a mobile app. It will be available in both Android and iOS.
What are the instructions?
Each kit will have a card with instructions:
Thank you for participating in the Beta test of the JonahWaterTM Aquatic Environmental Kit. Here are some simple steps to follow:
1) Create a user account at discover.jonahventures.com
2) Activate your eDNA kit at discover.jonahventures.com. You will need to register your 8-character kit ID (found on the cup) with our database.
3) Go to the iOS or Google Play App store and download the JonahWater app
(free). You will use this to record data at your site.
4) Go to your favorite freshwater location. It can be a lake, pond, river, stream, swamp…
5) Follow instructions for sampling included.
6) After 4-6 weeks, we should send you an email with a link to your results!
Thanks again for assisting us. We are hoping that everyone can get us samples back within 2 weeks for our first round of sequencing, but will accept them afterwards, too. If there are any questions, feel free to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.