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eDNA Services Reducing the costs and risks of marine biodiversity monitoring.

Environmental DNA (eDNA) Studies for Oil & Gas

Battelle’s Environmental DNA (eDNA) studies help reduce the costs of monitoring biodiversity and minimize the risks of disturbing environmental habitats. We can extract environmental samples from water, soil, snow, ice or other environments without the cumbersome effort of isolating organisms. 


In the world of exploration and production, it is critical to have a full understanding of the environment in which you’re drilling. Battelle’s eDNA services gather and analyze critical data on the types of organisms living in a certain area at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods.

Reduce the costs and risks of marine biodiversity monitoring.
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Environmental DNA (eDNA) is the genetic material that organisms leave behind in the form of shed cells from hair, saliva, wounds or excretions as they pass through an environment. Researchers collect and filter water or sediment samples and extract DNA from the filters. The collected DNA is sequenced and then matched against a database of thousands of known species. These results allow researchers to accurately identify the species that have recently passed through the area without the time, expense and risks associated with collecting actual organisms.

Battelle researchers have validated eDNA study results in deepwater environments off of South America and from a lagoon system off of the North Slope of Alaska. We are continuing to advance the science of eDNA collection and identification for oil & gas environmental impact and long term monitoring studies.


Get accurate, detailed marine biodiversity data for a fraction of the cost of observational or catch-and-release studies. Battelle’s environmental DNA (eDNA) studies produce superior results faster, cheaper, and safer than traditional study methods.