The 24th Public Lecture by ESJ (Jointly held with the eDNA Society)
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The conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of biological resources are urgent issues for human beings. First and foremost, the effective conservation and management of living beings is necessary, and the most basic and important information is the distribution of population and their habitats, and the abundance of organisms. In other words, it is important to quickly grasp "when", "where" and "how many" are the organisms. "Environmental DNA" is an innovative technology that has the potential to answer such simple but difficult questions at once. Environmental DNA is DNA derived from tissue fragments and feces that have fallen off from organisms that inhabit lakes and rivers. By reading this DNA information, it is possible to easily estimate the inhabitation status of target groups or taxa without actual captures. In this Public Lecture, we will introduce the latest research cases in which biological monitoring surveys that used to require a lot of time and effort were carried out quickly and easily by using the latest technology of environmental DNA. We will also introduce that the use of environmental DNA information by the general public and local governments can be expected to be useful particularly for the conservation of local nature and rare organisms. We would like to make this Public Lecture as an opportunity to widely disseminate the environmental DNA technology to the society.
Title: The Impact of Environmental DNA: Unraveling the Past, Present and Future of Living Things
Date and time: 2:30–5:00 pm, Sunday, March 21, 2021
It will be held using the Zoom Webinar. The URL of the venue in Zoom Webinar will be announced on the official ESJ68 website.
Hideyuki Doi (University of Hyogo), Michinobu Kuwae (Ehime University), Michio Kondoh (Tohoku University), Toshifumi Minamoto (Kobe University), Masaki Miya (Chiba Prefectural Museum), Sadamu Yokoyama (Okayama Prefectural Museum)
Supported by The Yakumo Foundation for Environmental Science