In 2013, the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre first funded the eDNA Surveillance program for Multiple High Risk Invasive Aquatic Species, based at the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, Australia.
The project developed a quantitative framework of targeted species detection and demonstrated eDNA as a highly effective tool for detecting established pests in Australia.
Since then, the project team has become leaders in eDNA application and research in Australia and the Pacific, publishing numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and partnering with various agencies for improved monitoring and enhanced biosecurity through eDNA.
They are currently working on developing a real-time assay which could be used for detection out in the field, along with enhancing the number of species they can detect DNA of.
More information about this innovation hub can be found at www.ecodna.org.au