Biodiversity is complex, and lack of data impedes our ability to slow or reverse losses. 21st century biodiversity assessment tools capture the complexity of natural systems, enhancing our understanding of ecosystems and our capacity to protect them.
You can understand your business impact on nature, and nature’s impact on your business by generating powerful nature data at scale. From single-species assessments to combined biodiversity audits across ecosystem types, NatureMetrics offer a powerful toolkit to detect, survey and monitor species.
What can DNA-based monitoring achieve?
DNA-based technologies produce robust datasets that answer critical ecological questions for a range of applications. Our services can also be combined to address complex questions about biodiversity at the ecosystem or landscape scale. Explore some commonly asked questions and how our services address these below.
What species are in this sample?
We can detect and identify multiple species from a single environmental sample (water, soils, sediments, faeces or invertebrates from an unsorted trap sample) using DNA metabarcoding from water samples or soil and sediment samples. We perform DNA metabarcoding analysis which uses the DNA present in these samples to identify the species present.
If you’re looking to understand the diet of an animal, we use metabarcoding to perform a diet assessment from faecal samples.
We’ve had great success helping Citizen Scientists to leverage these revolutionary methods of analyses to discover animal communities in water samples, using the NatureMetrics eDiscovery Lab. This can be used by individuals or families looking to explore their local wildlife, or as community activities and team-building exercises.
Is this species present?
We use qPCR to test for the presence of a single species in water samples.
If you are looking for a single species, contact us to see how we can use qPCR for highly specific DNA-monitoring of your target taxa. We have highly optimised workflows for a range of species.
What is this species?
We can perform Species ID analysis using Sanger Sequencing. We mostly use this for identifying bat species from faecal samples.
We can compile a reference database for your survey area using available reference sequences, and where there are gaps in the reference database, you can collect tissue samples and send them to us. We will barcode them using Sanger Sequencing, and add them to your genetic reference library to enable identification of species during your metabarcoding projects.
Which species do we expect to find here?
We have developed workflows to rapidly gather species distribution data, so get in touch with our team and we can tell you which DNA sequences have been attributed to your geographical area of interest, and where there might be gaps in the reference database that may need improving by performing species barcoding.
What is the impact of our operations on local biodiversity?
We offer integrated biodiversity surveys on large scales and across a diverse range of taxonomic groups – from water to soils and sediments, and barcoding for reference databases. These can produce detailed baselines against which to monitor and assess the effect of mitigation activities, as well as evaluate progress towards net gain or no net loss goals.
Is our conservation plan or management intervention effective?
Use our suite of tools to determine whether key species are returning to areas of restored habitat, and whether the biological community is being effectively preserved or enhanced.
Which areas are most important for biodiversity?
Data generated from metabarcoding can be used to generate fine-scale biological maps of ecosystems across a landscape, highlighting which are most ecologically distinct, particularly rich in species, or support species that do not occur in other parts of the landscape. This enables you to make more informed environmental management decisions, minimising overall impacts to biodiversity.
We will work with you to understand your requirements and how our pioneering technologies can realise your aims.
We offer a wide range of off-the-shelf solutions, which you can browse below. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, or want to discuss a more complex project, get in touch with our team.
Are you looking to incorporate DNA-based monitoring in your business?
We have a wealth of experience supporting organisations across different sectors. Explore the NatureMetrics eDNA and Biodiversity services adopted by your industry and see the science in action!
We are accelerating the practical applications of DNA-based methodologies to overcome global environmental monitoring challenges.
Our approaches generate robust, replicable biodiversity data, at unparalleled scales. Our data gives your organisation the best chance of delivering a real Net Positive Impact on biodiversity, we provide more than just a sample analysis service.
We will work closely with you to help implement DNA-based monitoring in a way that makes the most sense to you. Our experience on projects around the world and the specialisms within our team, that of our ecologists and conservation scientists, our international logistics and operations experts ensures the smooth running of our end-to-end process.
You can trust in NatureMetrics for all your DNA-based biomonitoring challenges.
Here’s what you can expect from your NatureMetrics experience.
Custom designed and validated sampling kits:
NatureMetrics sampling kits are highly validated and optimised for use by non-experts in the field. Tried and tested by diverse groups across all continents, our kits require no additional power, equipment or refrigeration, making them the most versatile solution on the market.
Robust and replicable bioinformatics pipelines:
Our in-house team of dedicated bioinformaticians have processed thousands of projects across diverse environments, from the equator to the north pole. We can provide high-confidence taxonomic assignments through optimised pipelines, even where reference databases are incomplete.
Decades of molecular and ecological science experience in our team:
Tap into the experience of our highly specialised team, including our 12+ postdoctoral level scientists, and the capabilities of our state-of-the-art, purpose-designed facilities. We implement robust quality controls procedures at every project stage and as a result, have led work to develop the first international standards for our new industry.
Our ordering and tracking system ensures you can access our services anywhere in the world. Log in to the portal to place your orders, view the status of your projects and progress of your samples through the lab, and access your reports. Use our simple field app to scan your kit barcode and log details of each sample as you collect it. Meanwhile, our in-house logistics team will assist you with project operations, including international shipping of our kits and samples.
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Honest and transparent reports you can trust:
We’re renowned for the high-quality data we produce and take great pride in our work. You will receive clear guidance on any limitations of the technology, as well as a Quality Check report. Our expert team is always on hand should you need assistance interpreting results, and where required we can provide additional support through the statistical analysis of your data.
We’re committed to continuous improvement and will listen to your feedback, and embrace your local knowledge and sector expertise to further enhance or fine-tune our services where possible.
Access to advice and support:
We understand adopting and integrating new technologies can present some challenges and many questions. We can provide structured support and training sessions for your team, ensuring you hit the ground running. We have delivered training sessions and webinars for sampling teams, sales teams, ecologists and business decision-makers. We also provide ad-hoc advice whenever you need it, be it preparing budgets, planning fieldwork, or even when you’re in the field.
Collaboration is in our DNA. We have a strong history of collaborative projects with clients, NGOs and academics. We have also worked in partnership with international laboratories to deliver our services globally.
Our commitment to nature:
It is our mission to make DNA-based biodiversity monitoring accessible to all. Our technology is being deployed across the world in the name of biodiversity conservation, for the good of people and nature.
As global pioneers in our field, we’re constantly accelerating the scope and impact of our technologies and services.
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