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Workshop: Integrating eDNA into bioassessment and monitoring of subterranean fauna in Western Australia

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Keiran McNamara Conservation Science Centre, Kensington
17 Dick Perry Ave
Kensington, Western Australia Australia
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What will the future look like?

Resource companies in Western Australia are mandated to assess and monitor groundwater biodiversity as part of the State’s Environmental Protection Agency legislative requirements. However, current groundwater survey techniques rely on traditional taxonomy and DNA sequencing of individual specimens, which are time-consuming, expensive and biased towards common taxa.

The ARC Linkage project: Taking eDNA underground: transforming assessment of subterranean ecosystems will wrap up in February 2024. The aim of the project was to develop a novel environmental DNA (eDNA) approach using new assays and a DNA barcode reference library for comprehensive, accurate, cost effective and reproducible monitoring of the Pilbara’s unique groundwater communities. These eDNA approaches will also be applicable to groundwater monitoring across Australia and elsewhere.

We invite you to this workshop, hosted by WABSI, to present the project’s research outcomes and provide an opportunity for an extended discussion on integrating these outcomes into bioassessment and monitoring of subterranean fauna in Western Australia.