Our eDNA (environmental DNA) lab is finally up and running. We are now investigating if and how eDNA metabarcoding can be used to assess the impacts of multiple stressors on New Zealand’s stream biodiversity.
We have presented our latest research in DNA metabarcoding and primer development at the annual meeting for freshwater science in Sacramento. A YouTube video is available below, with a PrePrint also being available here.
We are currently focusing on development and optimisation of DNA metabarcoding primers. As part of this process we have developed the R package “PrimerMiner” (GitHub) which can be used to obtain and process sequence data from BOLD and NCBI databases.