eDNA technology is revolutionising wildlife conservation

Banner image, eDNA sampling. Photo by Streamline Media

If we don’t know where our wildlife is, we simply can’t support them. Without knowledge, we can’t work together or use resources effectively.

For the first time in history through the emergence of eDNA technology, combined with the power of citizen science, we are able to accurately and cost-effectively baseline what species we have and where.

In August 2021 Odonata, and a consortium of partners, launched the Great Australian Platypus Search. Through the collection of environmental DNA (eDNA) data, coordinated by Odonata, from over 2,000 sites across Victoria, our eNDA partner EnviroDNA will be able to trace the distribution of platypuses, as well as all other wildlife, throughout Victorian waterways.

Beyond this project, Odonata is using eDNA data to focus our efforts in building populations of threatened species both inside and outside of predator-proof sanctuaries. Most importantly the environment, agricultural, horticultural sectors and the public will be able to access this data and thus information to help them make better decisions for nature and we will be right alongside them to empower and inspire action.

This data collection has the potential to create a revolution for biodiversity and conservation in Australia.

Close up of a platypus' webbed foot . Photo by Doug Gimesy