A key challenge for conservation is wildlife detection and monitoring. To protect native species, we need to know where they live. To avoid the spread of introduced species, pests and diseases, we must detect them early. To assess whether conservation programs are working, we need to monitor biodiversity over time.
Using eDNA, we work with organisations to help to solve these environmental management issues and protect native flora and fauna. eDNA answers the essential questions when making decisions about an environment, including “which species are here?” and “does this species inhabit this environment?". We help empower organisations with precious data to deliver improved outcomes.
East Gippsland Landcare Network sought to use eDNA metabarcoding to investigate the diet of foxes in Blond Bay Wildlife Reserve, East Gippsland following the extensive Black Summer 2019/20 bushfires. The study involved a particular interest in the presence of migratory shorebird species.
Extensive land clearing for agriculture and urbanisation had caused significant degradation of waterways across Victoria. Catchment managers invest considerable resources in riparian revegetation programs to improve conditions, but the ecological benefits are rarely assessed ...
The Baw Baw Frog is only found on the Mt Baw Baw plateau, Victoria, Australia. This secretive frog generally lives and feeds underground, which posed a significant problem for conservationists - how do you identify threats and monitor a frog that's so difficult to find?
Targeted Species Detection
Threatened Species - Southern Brush-tailed rock-wallaby
The southern brush-tailed rock-wallaby is listed as critically endangered in Victoria, with only a single small population found at Little River Gorge in far east Gippsland. This is some of the most rugged country in Victoria, and presents unique challenges for monitoring and management ...