Next-Generation Surveillance: Building affordable non-invasive “AIR-borne DNA and RNA tRAP” (AIRDRAP) technology

Developing methods to sample airborne environmental DNA and RNA shed by wildlife. Credit: Australian Ringneck parrot by Dick Knight, Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

This project seeks to understand the dynamics of airborne environmental DNA and RNA originating from animals and their pathogens, and to develop technologies for sampling these informative molecules.

If successful, this project will enable fast, non-invasive and potentially landscape-scale surveys of wildlife, pests and pathogens in terrestrial ecosystems.

Lead: Anjana Karawita