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Biodiversity is in the air – Biodiversity monitoring through the metabarcoding of air-borne eDNA

Project description

Capturing airborne animal DNA

To reverse the decline of biodiversity, it’s important to identify the trends of biodiversity at global scales. But this is not possible with traditional monitoring. Progress has been made in aquatic ecosystems where the monitoring of species is done from the DNA they leave behind. This ‘environmental DNA’ (eDNA) has emerged as one of the most powerful tools at our disposal. In terrestrial ecosystems, however, the power of eDNA for monitoring has so far been hampered by the local scale of the samples. The EU-funded AIRDNA project will capture airborne animal DNA with air samplers. For instance, AIRDNA will experimentally characterise airborne particles released by economically important insect species and pilot their targeted detection in environmental samples.


Net EU contribution
€ 203 149,44
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00