eDNA frontiers is an industry driven service and contract research group, located at Curtin University. This innovative initiative translates the latest environmental DNA (eDNA) technologies developed with its sister lab the Trace and Environmental DNA (TrEnD) laboratory to enable industry, government and the public access to this cutting edge biodiversity tool.
Applications of eDNA exist across multiple fields including the oil/gas sector, environmental impact assessment, fisheries assessment, port monitoring and shipping. eDNA frontiers has extensive research collaboration experience and continues to rapidly expand with a number of clients and partners in Australia and abroad.
DNA is ubiquitous in the environment and this property can be utilised for a variety of applications. Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a term that encompasses all of the DNA extracted from complex multi-species biological substrates such as water, biofoul, sediment or faecal material.
Testing environmental samples for the presence of DNA, removes the need to observe, collect and identify organisms, and instead provides a rapid and simultaneous assessment of entire communities across taxonomic groups from an environmental sample.
Analysis of eDNA allows us to sensitively audit environmental samples using all organism’s unique signatures contained within the eDNA. A technique known as metabarcoding and next generation sequencing (NGS) is used which when matched against globally updated databases of all life of earth, a wealth of information is delivered for studies of biodiversity, food web dynamics, diet analysis, rare or difficult to visualise species ID and invasive species monitoring.
eDNA frontiers has deep expertise and unique methodology in isolating and characterising environmental DNA to address a variety of biological questions.
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