Why is it in the news?
- Researchers at the Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES) developed a new method for assessing total biodiversity.
- LaCONES is a laboratory under the CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB).
More about the news
- The method involves sequencing eDNA (Environmental DNA) from samples like water, soil, or air.
- This method allows for non-destructive and non-invasive biological monitoring to assess biodiversity.
- It provides a way to analyse the genetic material present in environmental samples to understand the diversity of species in an ecosystem without direct observation or sampling of organisms.
|eDNA consists of DNA shed by all organisms into their surroundings naturally during their lifetime or after death.|