What is environemental DNA ?
Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a complex mixture of DNA traces that different organisms have left in the environment (Taberlet et al. 2012*). Soil, sediment, feces or water are environmental samples that can be used to analyze eDNA.
The "eDNA metabarcoding" approach represents an innovative solution for biodiversity analyses! It is based on the analysis of target DNA fragments from environmental samples, and provides taxonomic or functional information on a given ecosystem.
A recent book** from the Alpine Ecology Laboratory presents the applications and potential of this methodology, as well as its advantages and limitations, for biodiversity analyses and species monitoring.
* Taberlet P, Coissac E, Hajibabaei M, Rieseberg LH. 2012 Environmental DNA. Molecular Ecology 21, 1789-1793.
** Taberlet P, Bonin A, Zinger L, Coissac E. 2018 Environmental DNA For Biodiversity Research and Monitoring. Oxford university Press.
Who are we?
Présidente et co-fondatrice
" After a master's degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2001, I completed a doctorate thesis on the genetics of the Scandinavian brown bear and continued my research experience with post-doctorates in Panama and Norway, in the field of population genetics and phylogeography, before specializing in environmental DNA from 2007.
Today, I am glad to apply my skills and experience to better evaluate and manage biodiversity"
Directrice générale et co-fondatrice
"I obtained a Master's degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology in 2012, followed by various experiences in biotechnology companies. I developed skills in field sampling and analysis of rare and degraded DNA in the laboratory. What drives me today is to have a real impact on the environment and species conservation"
"My fascination for nature originates from my childhood. During my Ph.D. in 2006, I approached biodiversity in terms of evolution. From 2012, my integration into a pioneering research team in eDNA methodological developments has given a more ecological dimension to my work. At a time of biodiversity crisis, I am committed to contribute to the knowledge of species and their preservation. I believe eDNA is a great tool to achieve this goal."
Since the emergence of ARGALY in November 2017, the LECA (Laboratory of Alpine Ecology of Grenoble) supports us and provides access to its analysis platform as well as its experience and new technologies.
In parallel, we develop our own laboratories.
We are also supported in our development by Savoie Technolac. We obtained an INOVIZI grant whose mission is to support and increase the prospects of young innovative companies in the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region.
ARGALY is also part of the UPGE (Union Professionnelle du Génie Ecologique) that brings together companies with a common objective of protecting biodiversity.