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Environmental DNA: For Biodiversity Research and Monitoring

Pierre Taberlet, Aurélie Bonin, Lucie Zinger, and Eric Coissac


Environmental DNA (eDNA), i.e. DNA released in the environment by any living form, represents a formidable opportunity to gather high-throughput and standard information on the distribution or feeding habits of species. It has therefore great potential for applications in ecology and biodiversity management. However, this research field is fast-moving, involves different areas of expertise and currently lacks standard approaches, which calls for an up-to-date and comprehensive synthesis. Environmental DNA for biodiversity research and monitoring covers current methods based on eDNA, with a par ... More

Keywords: Environmental DNA, DNA metabarcoding, metagenomics, sampling design, metabarcode design, PCR, sequencing, biodiversity, biomonitoring, diet analysis, species detection

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198767220
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198767220.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pierre Taberlet, author
Senior CNRS scientist, Université Grenoble Alpes, France

Aurélie Bonin, author
Research scientist, Université Grenoble Alpes, France

Lucie Zinger, author
Assistant professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, France