Turning to natural samplers

The purpose of our project is to explore the effectiveness of using Cinachyrella alloclada, a marine sponge, for eDNA collection. We are using a controlled tank experiment to test and compare both the precipitation and sponge method for collecting goldfish eDNA. We anticipate that the sponge samples will yield higher amounts of goldfish eDNA than the precipitation samples, and that the goldfish eDNA will persist longer in the sponge tissue than in the water column.
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Abstract/Description: The purpose of our project is to explore the effectiveness of using Cinachyrella alloclada, a marine sponge, for eDNA collection. We are using a controlled tank experiment to test and compare both the precipitation and sponge method for collecting goldfish eDNA. We anticipate that the sponge samples will yield higher amounts of goldfish eDNA than the precipitation samples, and that the goldfish eDNA will persist longer in the sponge tissue than in the water column.
Subject(s): Novel sponge method
Undergraduate Research
Environmental DNA (eDNA)
Date Issued: 2021