ANDe™ Hits the Field for Workshops!Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018
The onset of warm weather and long summer days often marks the beginning of field season for many fisheries professionals. Research boats are abuzz on the water, biologists are wading through forest creeks, and field equipment are getting a workout. The beginning of field season also means a high demand for training workshops as it relates to Smith-Root equipment.
In its inaugural season, many eDNA sampling backpacks will be hitting the field for the first time this summer as eDNA surveys begin ramping up through the next several weeks. Recently, we took advantage of the amazing weather and great opportunities to get out in the field to provide instructional workshops for those interested in learning more about eDNA and our technologies.
Our workshops focused on how to use the ANDe™ backpack and Biomeme eDNA detection, along with general eDNA principles/applications. These workshops were part of a collaborative effort hosted by the USFWS, USDA, and Portland State University to teach students an array of aquatic sampling techniques. Those who attended the half-day workshops included students from the Pacific Northwest Environmental STEM Institute and professionals from the Site Evaluation and Assessment Certification Course hosted by Portland State University.
We also had the pleasure of working with USFW and Alaska Fish and Game on the hunt for invasive Northern Pike on the Kenai Peninsula. Researchers are employing the ANDe™ system and Biomeme handheld qPCR for rapid, early detection of this invasive species. It’s not often that you get sample eDNA from a canoe!