Exploring the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect animal taxa in the mesopelagic zone

Annette Govindarajan, Rene Francolini, Michael Jech, Andone Lavery, Joel Llopiz, Peter Wiebe & Weifeng Zhang
Animal biodiversity in the ocean’s vast mesopelagic zone is relatively poorly studied due to technological and logistical challenges. Environmental DNA (eDNA) analyses show great promise for efficiently characterizing biodiversity and could provide new insight into the presence of mesopelagic species, including those that are missed by traditional net sampling. Here, we explore the utility of eDNA for identifying animal taxa. We describe the results from an August 2018 cruise in Slope Water off the northeast...
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