Living Lakes Canada and partners, including Environment and Climate Change Canada, University of Guelph and WWF-Canada, are field testing the use of Environmental DNA (eDNA) for benthic invertebrates.
eDNA is an emerging tool for monitoring present biodiversity. It uses gene sequencing linked to DNA/RNA barcode libraries to allow for faster, more complete profile of biodiversity content from very small samples. Internationally, countries like Australia, the EU and Scotland are exploring working with eDNA. This is a made-in-Canada technology and now has the opportunity to move beyond proof of concept to demonstrating the possible. This will make benthic invertebrate analysis faster, more accurate and more affordable for community groups water quality monitoring initiatives.
For the 2018 field season, LLC and team will be in the Liard watershed in Northern B.C. (Canada’s ninth largest watershed) in August working in partnership with the Lower Post Guardians to establish a biomonitoring program and host a two-day Program Manager/Field Tech CABIN field practicum.
There will also be additional training in the Skeena watershed for a Field Assistant level CABIN practicum in partnership with the Environmental Stewardship Initiative of BC.
LLC will be holding a Program Manager/Field Technician Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) Training course July 17 and 18 in Nelson, B.C. that is open to the public.
To register and for more information on costs and modules please visit the Canadian Rivers
The 2017 Field Season included:
Sunshine Coast Biomonitoring and eDNA Pilot Project
Central Ottawa Biomonitoring and eDNA Pilot Project.