Enhancing tropical conservation and ecology research with aquatic environmental DNA methods: an introduction for non-environmental DNA specialists

Huerlimann, R., Cooper, M.K., Edmunds, R.C., Villacorta-Rath, C., Le Port, A., Robson, H.L.A., Strugnell, J.M., Burrows, D., and Jerry, D.R. (2020) Enhancing tropical conservation and ecology research with aquatic environmental DNA methods: an introduction for non-environmental DNA specialists. Animal Conservation. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1111.acv.12583
View at Publisher Website: https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12583
 
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Abstract

Biodiversity conservation is a worldwide concern and proper management of threatened species or communities depends on reliable and accurate data collection. Despite the broad utility of environmental DNA (eDNA) for conservation management and the necessity for appropriate biodiversity management in the tropics, eDNA-based research conducted in tropical regions so far comprises only a small proportion of the cumulative eDNA literature. To address the growing demand for rapid and reliable species and community level ecological data in tropical regions, we provide an aquatic eDNA-focused review of (1) challenges and considerations for sampling design and inference of eDNA data in the tropics, and (2) eDNA applications relevant to ecological research and biodiversity management in the tropics. We propose that the collaborative incorporation of eDNA sampling with conventional field surveys harbours the potential to revolutionize the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation management in tropical regions.

Item ID: 63739
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-1795
Keywords: eDNA; tropics; biodiversity assessment; species distribution; methodological considerations; qPCR; metabarcoding; sampling design
Funders: National Environmental Science Programme (NESP), Australian Postgraduate Research Award (JCU)
Projects and Grants: NESP Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub Project 4.3
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2020 23:48
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060204 Freshwater Ecology @ 35%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 35%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0604 Genetics > 060408 Genomics @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960402 Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 35%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960406 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments @ 35%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960407 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Marine Environments @ 30%
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