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Mol Ecol. 2012 Apr;21(8):2031-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05505.x.

The future of environmental DNA in ecology.

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Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, University of Tromsø, N-9037 Tromsø, Norway.


The contributions of environmental DNA to ecology are reviewed, focusing on diet, trophic interactions, species distributions and biodiversity assessment. Environmental DNA has the potential to dramatically improve quantitative studies in these fields. Achieving this, however, will require large investments of time and money into developing the relevant databases, models, and software.

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