The small organisms and microbes that live in soils and sediments host a large proportion of global biodiversity and play a critical role in an ecosystem’s functionality and resilience.

An understanding of the diversity and composition of the species present in your soils can be used to inform land management decisions by monitoring recovery of restored habitats and bioremediation of polluted sites.

Send us your soil or sediment samples and we will analyse the DNA within, unlocking powerful biodiversity data and enabling you to better understand your system and respond to impacts with better management decisions.

DNA from Soils and Sediments

Benefit from a community-level assessment of biodiversity that you can adapt to suit the needs of your project.

Even a small volume sample of sediment will contain hundreds (or even thousands) of species belonging to a diverse range of taxonomic groups, including worms, arthropods, single-celled eukaryotes, bacteria and fungi.

NatureMetrics’ metabarcoding analyses will give you an insight into what species are present in each of your samples, how diverse the community is, and how the samples compare with each other. These can be powerful for monitoring in the context of ecological impact assessment or tracking the progress of habitat restoration.

 

What can you examine by leveraging DNA-based methods? 

  • Measure the response to habitat restoration activities.
  • Measure the effects of agricultural intensification on soil biodiversity.
  • Analyse the effects of climate change on soil and sediment ecosystems.

How does the process work?

The ability to develop a map of biodiversity from soil or sediment samples has never been more accessible.
Our team will show you how DNA-based methods can be used to inform soil or sediment biodiversity management. You can adapt this service to suit the needs of your project. Please get in touch to discuss your aims. If you have already registered with us, you can visit my.naturemetrics to place an order.

Behind the Science: Meet our expert scientists

Dr Hayley Craig is working on expanding the capabilities of our DNA from Soils and Sediments services.

Dr Cuong Tang is our lead scientist and leads the team putting NatureMetrics at the forefront of commercial R&D in this sector.

Why NatureMetrics?

Find out how NatureMetrics can support your project goals here.

 

To increase the amount of quality data to underpin decision-making in environmental impact assessment

Gain expert advice on how you can enhance your biodiversity surveys and tailor your sampling design to your project needs.

To adapt your service to include diverse taxonomic groups.

To leverage NatureMetrics in-house expertise including that of our highly qualified scientists specialising in soils and sediments, including Dr CT and Dr Hayley Craig from the science team, and Dr Alex Crampton-Platt and Dr Sarah Chordekar from the data team.

The NatureMetrics FieldMate App which empowers you to collect and submit your field data on the go.

Honest and transparent communication (including any limitations of the technologies) and reporting.

A service that can adapt to meet your exact requirements.

Assurance of regulatory compliance where relevant.

To leverage NatureMetrics’ position on the cutting-edge of scientific advancement in this field.

A custom suite of DNA-based biodiversity monitoring services.

  • eDNA from Water
  • Great Crested Newts
  • Invertebrates
  • Species from Faeces
  • Citizen Science
  • Consultation & Support
  • Training

eDNA from Water / Aquatic eDNA Surveys

Perform fast, powerful, robust surveys of aquatic life with the NatureMetrics’ eDNA from Water services. Our easy-to-use and custom designed sampling kits make the cutting-edge of DNA-based aquatic biomonitoring easily accessible to any user. Since 2016, they have been used to generate high-quality data from ponds, lakes, rivers and oceans, from the equator to the poles.

Great Crested Newts

Test for the presence of Great Crested Newts (GCN) in water using NatureMetrics’ GCN eDNA sampling kits, a service that we have been offering with a strong track-record since 2015.

Great Crested Newts are a European Protected Species so surveys are often a legal requirement. NatureMetrics offers one of the most established and trusted GCN eDNA services, and our team has processed thousands of samples for a variety of clients. We’re proud to score 100% in the 2020 proficiency test – the third year in a row that we have achieved this score.

Invertebrates

The NatureMetrics’ Invertebrate services overcome the classic challenges associated with the taxonomic identification of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates.

We use DNA-based methods to obtain species-level data across all major taxonomic groups of invertebrate bulk samples collected using standard capture methods. These statistically powerful datasets can provide the evidence needed for demonstrating the effects of environmental or management changes on biodiversity.

Species from Faeces

From a faecal sample, it is possible to disentangle complex details about biodiversity. The NatureMetrics’ Species from Faeces services allow for species identification of the ‘doer of the deed’ as well as an assessment of the prey species that were consumed.

Citizen Science

The eDNA Discovery Lab brings biodiversity monitoring into the hands of everybody, whether you are hoping to engage stakeholders in fieldwork, or are curious about your own local biodiversity. We can help you to reveal the life within ponds, rivers, lakes and oceans. We work with local communities, schools, NGOs, and international charities to empower everybody with the tools needed for global change.

Find out more about incorporating Citizen Science into your environmental monitoring or see how you can get involved yourself.

Environmental Policy Consultation & Tender Support

NatureMetrics have assisted clients from a variety of sectors in utilising DNA-based methods to meet environmental monitoring needs across a range of regulatory environments.

Our team of experts can help you recognise the relationship between your business and biodiversity and buy-in from regulators and policy-makers, involving them in pilot studies and field trials at early stages. We are highly experienced at bringing together multi-stakeholder groups to trial and demonstrate new technologies and help accelerate uptake.

You can also leverage the knowledge of our team in tender support for environmental projects. We can help you understand how DNA based monitoring can support within the scope of your project tender and assist you in meeting the objectives when writing your tender application.

Discover more about our Environmental Policy Consultation and Tender Support services.

Training

We offer education and training in DNA-based monitoring, having accumulated years of experience in industry and academia. You can enhance your teams’ knowledge of eDNA and DNA methods and develop a more in depth understanding of how to apply these methods robustly alongside other tools to help address particular biodiversity monitoring challenges, with training from our team of globally renowned experts.

We will tailor training to suit your requirements and deliver over a method of your choosing, be it remotely, on-site, in person or as a blend.

Explore our training services and the impacts our collaborations have achieved.