New Lab Could Help Detect/Eradicate Invasive Species In Mountain West WaterwaysNews Type: Regional Source: Boise State Public Radio
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The lab going up in Boise, Idaho, will be part of a new, larger U.S. Geological Survey building. And it would test environmental DNA, or eDNA, from around the nation. That is, instead of trying to find an invasive animal, like a single mussel or fish in a lake, scientists could just sample water to test for DNA of certain species.
In waterways in our region, eDNA technology could help monitor for quagga and zebra mussels that can clog water intakes, harm native species and damage boat engines.
Leaders, lawmakers and scientists spoke at the groundbreaking for the new building on Tuesday, including Tim Petty, the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science. He gave an example of how eDNA works.