Data from: Choice of capture and extraction methods affect detection of freshwater biodiversity from environmental DNA

Kristy Deiner, Jean-Claude Walser, Elvira Mächler & Florian Altermatt
Environmental DNA (eDNA) is used to detect biodiversity by the capture, extraction, and identification of DNA shed to the environment. However, eDNA capture and extraction protocols vary widely across studies. This use of different protocols potentially biases detection results and could significantly hinder a reliable use of eDNA to detect biodiversity. We tested whether choice of eDNA capture and extraction protocols significantly influenced biodiversity detection in aquatic systems. We sampled lake and river water, captured...
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