TThe technique to utilize environmental DNA (eDNA) in dreissenid and invasive species monitoring programs has been identified as a subject that requires better coordination and information sharing. The eDNA Workgroup was created by the Executive Committee in 2018. The focus of the workgroup is to foster that coordination and information sharing, as well as increase consistency in used across the landscape. The workgroup works closely with the Western Invasive Species Coordinating Effort organization.

The chair of the eDNA Workgroup is Adam Sepulveda of the US Geological Survey.

Goals of the eDNA Committee

  1. Host a webinar (or series of webinars) to educate WRP members as to what eDNA is and how it is being used in Dreissenid management in the Western USA; and the current state of the science
  2. Draft a white paper on eDNA (essentially update the old ISAC white paper) for WRP specific to Dreissenids which provides definitions needed to understand how managers should interpret eDNA results
  3. Draft a list of research or development projects related to Dreissenid eDNA as a reference for directing future efforts to meet management needs and further science collectively
  4. Develop standard field protocols for collection of eDNA samples for Dreissenids
  5. Develop standard lab protocols for analysis of eDNA samples for Dreissenids