Innovative technologies are enabling researchers to extract and analyse DNA from environmental samples. Our approach is being used by conservation organisations to identify protected species and preserve biodiversity.
|Ecological Forensics Service
Increasingly, technologies that utilise environmental and ancient DNA are being exploited by industry for conservation and mitigation purposes. A spin off activity of our ancient DNA research is to provide an ecological forensics service to ecological surveyors to identify species of bat, mustelid, rodent, canid and felid from evidence such as guano, scat or fur found in the field. The unequivocal identification of the presence of species during surveys provides evidence used in mitigation for building works as well as allowing ecologists to identify habitats suitable for conservation.