Rapid detection and identification of high-risk invasive animals either at the point of entry or in the field are essential to prevent new incursions and to enable a rapid response for successful eradication. Detection and monitoring species using environmental DNA (eDNA) is recognised as a powerful tool, and has been shown to have greater sensitivity for less effort and for fewer negative affects compared to traditional survey methods.
With eDNA now firmly established as a highly effective method for species detection, it is now able to be further refined for routine use in biosecurity applications.
February 2019 update:
The development of new eDNA detection methods are ongoing.
The research group launched www.ecoDNA.org.au to further enhance the outcomes of their research.