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An Action Plan for making progress with using DNA to monitor terrestrial invertebrates 2021


Terrestrial invertebrate monitoring is a key priority for developing DNA-based methods across several environmental public bodies in the UK. This is because the scale of invertebrate monitoring is substantial and conventional monitoring methods have important limitations – particularly where large numbers of specimens are collected and/or identification is challenging.

This project aimed to make progress in moving DNA-based methods for invertebrate monitoring through to operational use by:

  1. Summarising key barriers to using DNA for monitoring invertebrates
  2. Assessing the causes and consequences of these barriers
  3. Producing an Action Plan that identifies key activities for tackling the barriers to using DNA for terrestrial invertebrate monitoring.

The Action Plan is intended to allow projects to be carried out in a coherent and co-ordinated way, with progress tracked to minimise duplication.

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Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2021·10·08

Woodcock, P., Cottrell, J., Heaver, D., Barsoum, N., Leatherland, D., Askew, R., Briscoe, A., Burian, A., Cole, A., Cooke, D., Day, J., Deiner, K., Genney, D., Gurney, M., Harris, M., Hipperson, H., Jones, E., Lawniczak, M., Macadam, C., McSorley, C., Miller, K., Mynott, S., Nisbet, A., Peck, K., Preston, M., Price, B., Read, D., Rees, H., Robinson, A., Stringer, A. & Yu, D. 2021. An Action Plan for making progress with using DNA to monitor terrestrial invertebrates, JNCC Report No. 691. JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

This project was led and funded by the Defra DNA Centre of Excellence.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2021·10·21

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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