Environmental DNA

Environmental DNA (eDNA) testing is a scientific tool available to augment, or replace conventional ecological survey methods for the detection of species of management interest. It is particularly advantageous for detecting aquatic species that are of low population density and hard to otherwise observe, such as species at risk or early detection of invasive species.

eDNA refers to the genetic material (nuclear, mitochondrial or chloroplast DNA) that is released by an organism (as gametes, dead skin cells, feces, urine, mucous, etc.) to its environment and can be collected from that environment using water, sediment, or soil sampling.

Bureau Veritas is a leader in this field and provides technical guidance through a number of mediums including our eDNA Webinar and eDNA Enviro Insights newsletter. Bureau Veritas is proud to be the first laboratory in Canada accredited by the Standards Council of Canada to rigorous ISO 17025 standards for eDNA testing.

Bureau Veritas has licensed the IntegritE-DNATM method from UVic Industry Partnerships, a technique developed by Dr. Caren Helbing.

Genome Canada Announcement

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - New genomic projects will make natural resources and environment sectors more resilient to climate change
Over $24 million in federal investment to strengthen environmental sustainability and protection"

Bureau Veritas is pleased to support the development and application of eDNA tools with the iTrackDNA project. iTrackDNA will deliver 100 new eDNA assays for species of management concern while developing standards that will promote quality design and application of eDNA tools for the management of Canadian natural resources." - Aron Weir, M.Sc., R.P.Bio.Manager, Product Testing Services

Learn More about the funding:
Genome Canada  -  Genome BC  -  Genome Québec

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