Guest Speaker: Helen Barclay – ‘EnviroDNA’
Helen runs a local pioneering company that can analyse a drop of water or a speck of dust to find traces of DNA. Every creature leaves traces of their DNA in the surrounding environment through shedding things like skin cells, scales and hair. This is called environmental DNA (eDNA). Scientists have worked out how to extract this DNA and identify the animal or other organism that left it behind.
Helen and her colleagues work to protect biodiversity by using eDNA to rapidly detect and monitor populations of animals and other organisms. The breakthrough eDNA service is the first of its kind in Australia, and is helping organisations like Melbourne Water and CMAs. As a local Jindivick resident, Helen can’t wait to introduce the landcare group to eDNA and share some stories of eDNA in action. Might eDNA one day help to detect and monitor specific species and biodiversity in Jindivick?
‘We can detect native and invasive species, from threatened fish to invasive mosquitoes and everything in between – even bacteria,’ Helen said. ‘Discovering what animals pop up in a drop of water is pretty exciting stuff,’ Helen said. ‘We envisage a future where anyone – environmental managers and citizens alike – can easily discover what creatures live around them.’
When – Wed 28th Mar – 7:30-9pm
Where – Kydd/Parke Reserve, Jacksons Tk Jindivick
Everyone welcome (Please bring a plate of supper) Contact Brian 0407 341595 or Peter 0402 650382 for more information