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eDNA Sampling

Sampling Kits

Cellmark's GCN eDNA sampling kits are designed to make your job as easy as possible - they match Natural England protocols. Their cost is included in the overall price of the service. Please ensure unused kits are kept at room temperature in an appropriate solvent store, consistent with Health & Safety regulations, and use them within four (4) weeks of receipt.

Each kit will contain the following items:

  • 1 sterile 30 mL ladle
  • 1 sterile self-supporting Whirl-Pak plastic bag with 1 L capacity
  • 1 sterile 10 mL pipette to resample the pond water
  • 6 sterile 50 mL centrifuge tubes containing preservative (Absolute Ethanol (200 Proof)
  • 2 pairs of sterile gloves
  • 1 instruction sheet
  • 1 gripseal bag
  • 1 sample return form with return packaging guidelines
  • 1 Mail-Tuff return envelope

The sample tubes, packaging and sample return form have all been pre-barcoded for your convenience. We recommend that you retain the outer packaging of the kit as this can be used to return multiple samples.

Taking your samples

Nicola from Cellmark demonstrates the correct way to collect samples for eDNA testing for Great Crested Newts.