eDNA has already been applied to a variety on environments and species. Nevertheless, there is always room for advancement and improvements.
What do you see as the next steps that need to be taken to make eDNA even more effective and broadly applicable as a tool? What are the challanges that need to be overcome?
Please use this thread to share your thoughts and ideas.
8 May 2018 8:59pm
Trying to revitalize this conversation.
I'm new to eDNA so I can't talk about sequencing and analyzing methods but a great step would be to automatize collection of aquatic samples. One of the challenges of this tool in aquatic environments is to avoid contaminations during collection, filtration and storage of filters. An all-in-one device that could pump, filter and store filters automatically and safely would be a fantastic thing (though unlikely to be developped) and a great help in collaborating with citizen scientists to collect eDNA. It could be used in neighborhoods to monitor freshwater systems, or by sailors to collect marine eDNA along cruise transects.