Environmental DNA Questions Answered
Environmental DNA or eDNA is a surveillance tool used by scientists at the University of Notre Dame in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy to determine whether silver carp and bighead carp are present in rivers, lakes and waterways. Because there may only be a few of the carp in a large body of water, this process allows the scientists to determine the presence of these invasive species without positive visual identification. Take a look at these links for more information.
This US Army Corps of Engineers page is a good place to get answers to questions about Asian carp. Find out why this species was imported to the United States, why the carp are a problem, and how you can help to keep them from spreading to other locations.
Asian Carp Control: The official website of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee
Spend some time clicking around on this site—it’s a treasure trove of information. You’ll find the schedule for the sampling locations and results from previous trips. There is a handy list of all the state and federal agencies involved with the Asian carp project. There’s even a poster to help you identify an Asian carp with instructions on what to do if you find one and much, much more.
Environmental DNA Research in the Center for Aquatic Conservation at the University of Notre Dame