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Water Vole eDNA Assay Development

Successful testing and validation of the new assay for the detection of water vole eDNA from filtered water samples progressed this year to the field testing stage, which is now complete. A large number of separate sites were surveyed traditionally for the presence of water vole and water samples were collected and analysed for eDNA. The results obtained from field testing confirmed that the technique accurately detected the presence or absence of water voles. The technique allows ecologists to detect the presence of water voles from a water sample with a high degree of accuracy and Crestwood are currently now taking enquiries for its practical use in the field.
 
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