In the last two years the Detect team worked towards integrating DNA (eDNA) tools into New Zealand schools’ curriculum. The scientists have actively engaged with a range of schools and year groups to showcase a variety of marine biosecurity concepts and detection tools, including eDNA technologies.
An important opinion paper on “The risks of using molecular biodiversity data for incidental detection of species of concern”, published in Diversity and Distributions journal. It emphasizes the need of more stringent quality control standards for molecular biodiversity data to ensure that data are suitable for informing decision‐making and can withstand legal or political challenges. This is essential also for protecting data generators from uncritical and potentially ill‐advised application of their science in decision‐making.