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eDNA detection of aquatic diseases based on DNA fragments in environmental samples

Various aquatic diseases endanger Swiss fish and crayfish stocks. The most relevant are the fish mold and the proliferative kidney disease in fish (PKD) and the crayfish plague in crayfish. All mentioned diseases have a strong influence on the occurrence of the respective animals. All over Switzerland, there is a lack of comprehensive knowledge on the distribution of these diseases, which in turn would be very important for taking measures.
Using the eDNA method, it is possible to detect the diseases mentioned by means of DNA snippets occurring in water samples. This type of detection of pathogens or organisms has become increasingly in demand for several years. The project will be processed in cooperation with EAWAG. The methodology will be established and validated for three years, followed by Swiss-wide monitoring of the diseases.

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FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland School of Life Sciences, Institute for Ecopreneurship Hofackerstrasse 30 CH - 4132 Muttenz
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