Applications of environmental DNA (eDNA) in water biology and security

Published 23 May, 2024

In recent years, environmental DNA, or eDNA has emerged as a new detection tool for monitoring aquatic biota in water bodies, spanning from freshwater to marine systems. This special issue topic invites contributions on various applications of eDNA in water biology and security, including but not limited to:

  • Applications in early detection of non-native and invasive species
  • Applications in detection of rare and endangered species
  • Applications in biodiversity assessments
  • Applications in detecting aquatic mammals, fish, macroinvertebrates, plants, plankton and other biota
  • Applications in ponds, lakes, reservoirs, streams, and rivers
  • Applications in estuaries, coastal, and marine systems
  • Applications in sediments and other media
  • Comparisons with traditional monitoring methods
  • Improvements in eDNA monitoring techniques
  • Other related applicationsand developments of using eDNA


eDNA, non-native and invasive species, biodiversity, biota, freshwater, marine systems, technique improvements

Important deadlines:

Submission close: June 30 2025

Expected time to first decision: 4 weeks after submission

Open access (OA) fee: Waived

Submission instructions:

Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting. All submissions should be made via the online editorial system.

Guest Editors:

Prof. Yonghong Bi

Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China

Prof. Yushun Chen

Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China

Prof. Soon-Jin Hwang

Department of Environmental Health Science, Konkuk University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Prof. Einar Ringø

Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway

Prof. Rodolphe Elie Gozlan

Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution (ISEM), Universite de Montpellier, France.

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