Helen C. Rees
The detection of great crested newts year round via environmental DNA analysis
Rees, Helen C.; Baker, Claire A.; Gardner, David S.; Maddison, Ben C.; Gough, Kevin C.
Claire A. Baker
DAVID GARDNER DAVID.GARDNER@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Physiology
Ben C. Maddison
KEVIN GOUGH email@example.com
Professor of Biochemistry and Pathology
Analysis of environmental DNA (eDNA) is a method that has been used for the detection of various species within water bodies. The great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) has a short eDNA survey season (mid-April to June). Here we investigate whether this season could be extended into other months using the current methodology as stipulated by Natural England.
Here we present data to show that in monthly water samples taken from two ponds (March 2014–February 2015) we were able to detect great crested newt DNA in all months in at least one of the ponds. Similar levels of great crested newt eDNA (i.e. highly positive identification) were detected through the months of March–August, suggesting it may be possible to extend the current survey window. In order to determine how applicable these observations are for ponds throughout the rest of the UK, further work in multiple other ponds over multiple seasons is suggested. Nevertheless, the current work clearly demonstrates, in two ponds, the efficacy and reproducibility of eDNA detection for determining the presence of great crested newts.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Jul 26, 2017|
|Journal||BMC Research Notes|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Rees, H. C., Baker, C. A., Gardner, D. S., Maddison, B. C., & Gough, K. C. (2017). The detection of great crested newts year round via environmental DNA analysis. BMC Research Notes, 10(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-017-2657-y|
|Keywords||Environmental DNA (eDNA); Great crested newts; Pond; Sampling season; Survey|
|Copyright Statement||Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0|
Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
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