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Opportunities for Using DNA in Terrestrial Monitoring 2020

Terrestrial JNCC Publications UK Biodiversity 0963-8091 661 Evidence JNCC report series Monitoring UK Species


DNA technologies could allow major improvements in the breadth and efficiency of the monitoring carried out in terrestrial systems by environmental public bodies. This includes routine surveillance (e.g. pest/pathogen detection, monitoring protected species), environmental impact assessments prior to potential development, and filling evidence gaps to better understand the effectiveness of interventions.

Exploration of DNA-based monitoring methods for operational use has generally involved relatively small-scale pilot studies, such as testing the potential to describe an assemblage in a specific habitat, or to detect an individual protected species. This project aimed to understand the requirements and constraints in current monitoring (particularly those involved with the Defra DNA Centre of Excellence), and so identify where the greatest need for improvement lies. This can help to guide future development of DNA-based methods.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2020·08·19

Woodcock, P. 2020. Opportunities for using DNA in terrestrial monitoring. JNCC Report No. 661, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

This project was led and funded by the Defra DNA Centre of Excellence in 2019–2020.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·08·21

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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