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We have a wide range of testing and analysis facilities available on site. These can form part of an investigation or as standalone tests. Our team can also attend site to carry out examinations, testing, analysis, and sample recovery.

Forensic Ecology Samples

Use the forensic ecology kits for samples such as plant, hair, dropping and carcass.

Plants


Many invasive and ecologically important plants can be difficult to identify, particularly at times of the year when they are not flowering. Our plant identification service uses molecular techniques including PCR and DNA sequencing to determine the origin of your plant material down to the species* or genus level (*note: due to hybridization in some flowering plants, it may not always possible to obtain a definitive species level identification).

  • Sample type: leaf, flower, root, bud.

Plants

Plants

Pine Marten


Pine Martens can be difficult to track in the wild, but using evidence of their presence such as droppings can be useful in determining the location of a population.

  • Sample type: dropping, hair, carcass.

Pine Marten

Pine Marten

Water Vole


Water voles can be difficult to survey using traditional methods, often requiring the use of invasive techniques. However, this species can also be detected using non-invasive sampling if droppings are present. Enquire about our water vole Forensic Ecology service for more information.

  • Sample type: dropping, hair, carcass.

Water Vole

Water Vole

Otter


Using evidence left behind by otters we can identify their presence in an ecosystem using molecular methods. Send in your suspected otter samples today for a definitive determination of their identity.

  • Sample type: dropping, spraint, hair, carcass.

Otter

Otter

Squirrel


Our Forensic Ecology service can determine the presence of either red or grey squirrels from an ecological sample such as hair or droppings.

  • Sample type: dropping, hair, carcass.

Squirrel

Squirrel

eDNA Water Samples

Use the forensic ecology kits for samples such as plant, hair, dopping, carcass.

Use forensic ecology kits for ponds for water samples.

Smooth Newt


Testing a pond for GCN eDNA? Why not add our smooth newt eDNA test to your sample, we can use the sample for analysis so there is no need to collect the sample twice!

  • Sample type: water, carcass

Smooth Newt

Smooth Newt

Marbled Crayfish


Developed in-house alongside researchers from the University of Derby, we are the first laboratory to analyse eDNA for the marbled crayfish.

  • Sample type: water, carcass

Marbled Crayfish

Marbled Crayfish

Demon Shrimp


Working alongside researchers from the University of Derby, we have developed an eDNA assay aimed at the detection of the demon shrimp, an ecologically damaging invasive species which is quickly spreading across the UK.

  • Sample type: water

Demon Shrimp

Demon Shrimp

Freshwater Pearl Mussel


This ecologically important species is now only found in a small selection of waterways in the UK. Our method has been validated through extensive research in collaboration with the University of Derby.

  • Sample type: water, carcass

Freshwater Pearl Mussel

Freshwater Pearl Mussel

Species not listed?

There are many more assays developed that we can use. Thousands of research papers are released each year so do get in contact to see if we can use eDNA to detect your target. If an assay hasn’t already been developed, get in touch to see how our research team can help you with our Assay Design Service.

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