Species detection using environmental DNA from water samples.

  title={Species detection using environmental DNA from water samples.},
  author={Gentile Francesco Ficetola and Claude Miaud and François Pompanon and Pierre Taberlet},
  journal={Biology letters},
  volume={4 4},
The assessment of species distribution is a first critical phase of biodiversity studies and is necessary to many disciplines such as biogeography, conservation biology and ecology. However, several species are difficult to detect, especially during particular time periods or developmental stages, potentially biasing study outcomes. Here we present a novel approach, based on the limited persistence of DNA in the environment, to detect the presence of a species in fresh water. We used specific… CONTINUE READING
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