This is the latest of our ventures and a project (funded through the Competitive Supports Programme for Rated Researchers) that started in 2017. Since then, we have set up a fully functioning eDNA lab, carried out six week field trips that took students along the entire coastline of South Africa and began the library prep using the MiFish DNA barcode primers. We expect to publish our first papers towards the beginning of next year, but will keep the projected updated through our News pages.
In 2019 we were awarded funding through the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project to investigate the potential of eDNA to monitor fish biodiversity in the Okavango Delta. Here is a short movie about our first sampling trip in May 2019.