Evaluating monitoring options for conservation: comparing traditional and environmental DNA tools for a critically endangered mammal

  title={Evaluating monitoring options for conservation: comparing traditional and environmental DNA tools for a critically endangered mammal},
  author={Chanjuan Qu and Kathryn A. Stewart},
  journal={The Science of Nature},
While conservation management has made tremendous strides to date, deciding where, when and how to invest limited monitoring budgets is a central concern for impactful decision-making. New analytical tools, such as environmental DNA (eDNA), are now facilitating broader biodiversity monitoring at unprecedented scales, in part, due to time, and presumably cost, of methodological efficiency. Genetic approaches vary from conventional PCR (cPCR; species presence), to metabarcoding (community… 

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