WSLH Webinar: Using eDNA to Determine Species Presence in Environmental Samples

Zebra Mussels_Photo by Randy Westbrooks, Invasive Plant Control, Inc., Bugwood.org

Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) Microbiologist Alyssa Beck explains how the WSLH will begin using environmental DNA (eDNA) to determine the presence of Zebra Mussels and New Zealand Mudsnails in select Wisconsin bodies of water this summer. Both of these invasive aquatic organisms are of concern to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

eDNA methods are less time and resource intensive than traditional field surveys and can be especially useful for screening for invasive or endangered organisms.

Webinar link (plays best in Internet Explorer): http://slhstream.ad.slh.wisc.edu/Mediasite4/Viewer/?peid=20efaea607274f93a03ef8cb4f8a4cdf1d