We are eDNAtec

We are harnessing the power of environmental DNA technology to empower ocean-based industries and improve the health of our oceans.

Advanced genomics technology reads DNA from all organisms – from viruses to marine mammals – to generate insights for the world’s ocean industries.

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Advanced Genomics

The art of ocean-based business intelligence. Down to an exact science.

We are advancing the development – and successful commercial application – of environmental DNA technology.

Faster, fully scalable and remarkably cost-effective, advanced ocean genomics techniques provide high-resolution biological data and environmental assessments with greater accuracy to support the world’s ocean industries.

Innovations

Committed to Industry

Good for ocean sustainability.
Good for business.

Unlock the power of environmental DNA technology for your business. Specifically optimized for the life cycle of ocean-based enterprises, our DNA-based applications deliver comprehensive data and insights to help you reduce costs and increase profitability.

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Safeguarding our Oceans

Ground-breaking ocean intelligence. Without causing an environmental ripple.

Our mission is to innovate breakthrough technologies that empower ocean-based industries and provide them with DNA-based biological monitoring tools to help improve their environmental stewardship of our oceans.

eDNAtec offers a unique opportunity to deploy molecular genetic approaches in an applied context that interfaces with both industry and conservation. Our genomics techniques are less invasive and safer for ocean organisms as there is no capture and handling, which reduces the risk to disrupting the habitat or harming any organism.

We are committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — a global framework of action that integrates social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development — to protect the health of the ocean for future generations.

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The art of ocean-based business intelligence. Down to an exact science.


Environmental genomics workflow:

 

Program Design

Calibration

Sample

Isolate

Sequence

Analyze

Interpret

1

A complex process of planning, coordination and alignment of critical project activities.

Modelling an eDNA survey is a critical and complex process. It involves the planning, coordination and alignment of several activities, such as defining the scope, site selection, sampling strategy, marine logistics, choice of target DNA markers and DNA primer(s) for their amplification, depth of DNA sequencing, and other factors to ultimately deliver a comprehensive report that is targeted to the client's requirements.

2

Understanding local conditions.

Every environment is different, and it is sometimes necessary to perform pilot studies to understand eDNA dynamics in previously unstudied regions. Factors such as: water temperature, hydrology, turbidity, richness of biodiversity, and composition of species will all affect recommendations on how to conduct a successful eDNA program.

3

Collect environmental samples of interest.

Using eDNAtec's standardized collection protocols, the retrieval of eDNA will have little or no impact on the ecosystem or sampled populations, unlike traditional sampling techniques such as trawling, as no direct interaction with organisms is required to collect eDNA samples.

4

Extract environmental DNA to target species identification genes.

eDNA samples are extracted using eDNAtec's standard operating protocols, and target gene regions are amplified using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). This requires an understanding of which species (or groups of organisms) are of interest, and may require the development of new "PCR primers" that will amplify DNA from the target groups.

5

Read DNA sequences.

Using the most advanced high throughput technologies available, including the Illumina MiSeq and NovaSeq 6000 sequencing platforms. These are the same technologies used in advanced medical labs for various molecular diagnostic protocols.

6

Process sequence data using custom-designed bioinformatics software.

A typical survey will generate tens of millions or even billions of DNA sequences, which must pass through rigorous QC/QA checks and then be compared against a reference database of species to identify organisms.

7

Produce comprehensive biodiversity reports with actionable information.

eDNA analyses produce such a large amount of data with such high precision and accuracy that it enables views of the environment that were previously impossible. From high-confidence predictive models about species distribution to reconstructing ecological food webs to the early detection of invasive species, eDNA technology empowers decision makers with better information.

Unlocking the power of environmental DNA. Changing the game for ocean-based enterprises.

Revolutionary technology that can transform ocean-based enterprises.

Contact us to learn how environmental DNA can transform your business.

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