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Using eDNA to develop a national citizen science-based monitoring programme for the great crested newt (Triturus cristatus)

Biggs, Jeremy, Ewald, Naomi, Valentini, Alice, Gaboriaud, Coline, Dejean, Tony, Griffiths, Richard A., Foster, Jim, Wilkinson, John W., Arnell, Andy, Brotherton, Peter, and others. (2014) Using eDNA to develop a national citizen science-based monitoring programme for the great crested newt (Triturus cristatus). Biological Conservation, 183 . pp. 19-28. ISSN 0006-3207. (doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2014.11.029) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:54245)

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Abstract

The use of environmental DNA (eDNA) is rapidly emerging as a potentially valuable survey technique for

substantial cost and manpower requirements of traditional survey methods have hampered attempts to

science-based monitoring programme for great crested newts by (i) comparing the effectiveness of eDNA

to collect eDNA samples throughout the newt’s UK range. In 35 ponds visited four times through the

counts and egg searches were significantly less effective, detecting newts 76%, 75% and 44% of the time.

counts of the number of newts. Volunteers successfully collected eDNA samples across the UK with

either because of very small newt populations or practical difficulties in sample collection. There were no

the basis for a national great crested newt monitoring programme.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.11.029
Uncontrolled keywords: Environmental DNA; Citizen science; Freshwater; Biodiversity conservation; Triturus cristatus; qPCR
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH541 Ecology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Richard Griffiths
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2016 08:58 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2020 04:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54245 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Griffiths, Richard A.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5533-1013
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