The second Canadian eDNA Standard CSA W219, has finally launched!

Canada’s standardization of environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis reaches new heights with the launch of the second national eDNA standard, CSA W219. This groundbreaking standard, developed by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), establishes performance criteria for targeted quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). CSA W219 is a companion to the first Canadian eDNA Standard: CSA W214 that addresses reporting, analytical performance, and field application criteria, setting the gold standard for reliability and precision in eDNA studies. User-Focused Read more…

iTrackDNA invited to GEO BON

GEO BON: Global Conference: Monitoring Biodiversity for Action, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, October 2023 Valérie Langlois and collaborators (Hydro-Québec and MELCCFP) participate to a discussion panel!  Panel Title: Genomic Translation: Adoption and Use of Genomic Tools and Technologies to Monitor Biodiversity (PANEL) Speakers: Jennifer Sunday (Assistant professor, Department of Biology, McGill University), Claude Robert (Full Professor, Université Laval), Joëlle Taillon (General Director of Wildlife and Habitat Management, MELCCFP) and Valérie Langlois (Full Professor, INRS Centre Eau Read more…

In Memoriam – Louis Bernatchez – Accomplished scientist, colleague, mentor, friend

It was with great sadness that we learned of Louis Bernatchez’s passing on September 28, 2023 Louis was a very accomplished scientist, colleague, friend, dad, and partner to Caroline. Having Louis on the iTrackDNA team was amazing as his experience, wisdom and friendship helped getting the project funded, started, and rolling. Louis Bernatchez was the director of IBIS (Institute of Integrative and Systems Biology) at Université Laval and held a Canada Research Chair in genomics Read more…

Public consultation period for the second national CSA eDNA standard

The public consultation period for the second national CSA eDNA standard on “Performance criteria for eDNA and eRNA analyses by targeted quantitative polymerase chain reaction” has begun! As per the usual accredited process, the public consultation period is two months. During this time, you are invited to review the draft standard and provide comments for consideration by the technical advisory committee. You have until March 28, 2023 to review the draft standard and provide comments. Read more…

Zoo Sauvage de St-Félicien partipates in the iTrackDNA project!

Le Zoo Sauvage de St-Félicien is joining the iTrackDNA team! A new collaborator that will highly contribute to our molecular tools validation! Thanks! (Articles and Interview in French only) Read Radio-Canada – Zoo sauvage au coeur d’un projet mené par une robervaloise Listen to Maxime Simard with Valérie KYK 97.5fm – Le Zoo Sauvage de St-Félicien participe à iTrackDNA Read Guillaume Roy in Le Quotidien – L’ADN des animaux du Zoo de St-Félicien aidera à Read more…