Environmental DNA analysis is a relatively novel tool that allows the identification of multiple species simultaneously through DNA shed into the environment. This project by Edinburgh Napier University is trialling how effective eDNA can be in accelerating enhancement of the European oyster. With the emergence of new native oyster restoration projects across Scotland, monitoring the ecological status of the ecosystem restored is crucial, and the eDNA analysis could be a more time and cost-effective solution for carrying out this task.
Edinburgh Napier University was awarded with £14,700 for this work. This grant round was made possible with funds from the Nature Restoration Fund (NRF). For more information about how to contribute to SMEEF contact email@example.com