Webinar series highlights eDNA methods, applications for environmental monitoring

Posted August 4, 2023
Researchers working to develop a coordinated national strategy for incorporating environmental DNA (eDNA) methods into aquatic monitoring programs have reached agreement on the technical and management actions that will need to be taken to support the strategy’s development. eDNA monitoring has the potential to make it easier and more effective to conduct routine biological monitoring of fish like kelp bass, above, a popularly caught sport fish in Southern California.

The California Water Quality Monitoring Council and its partners have launched a six-part webinar series to educate managers and other interested parties on how environmental DNA (eDNA) methods can be incorporated into a range of environmental monitoring applications.

The webinars, organized by SCCWRP’s Dr. Susanna Theroux, provide an overview of eDNA-based methods and their application in bioassessment, harmful algal bloom monitoring, species surveillance, pathogen detection and data analysis/bioinformatics. The first three webinars were held in February, March and June.

Recordings and materials from the first three webinars are available online. The remaining three webinars have not yet been scheduled.

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