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A bucket full of genes: pond water reveals tropical frogs

Frankfurt am Main, 08/29/2018. When a frog jumps into a pond, it inevitably leaves behind traces of its genetic material. Using water samples from the Bolivian lowlands, Senckenberg scientists were now able to demonstrate that the analysis of this so-called environmental DNA allows the reliable identification of the frog species that inhabit a body of water. In their feasibility study, the researchers show that the analysis of environmental DNA can serve as a cost-effective alternative to traditional survey methods in species-rich regions and may speed up the necessary world-wide inventory of biological diversity. The study has just been published in “Molecular Ecology Resources”. 

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