READI-Net—Providing Tools for the Early Detection and Management of Aquatic Invasive Species

Fact Sheet 2024-3013
Biological Threats and Invasive Species Research Program
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Early detection of biological threats, such as invasive species, increases the likelihood that control efforts will be successful and cost-effective. Environmental deoxyribonucleic acid (eDNA) sampling is an established method for the efficient and sensitive early detection of new biological threats. The Rapid eDNA Assessment and Deployment Initiative & Network (READI-Net) is a project designed with partners to provide a full suite of tools to maximize the power of eDNA sampling for detecting invasive species. The READI-Net suite of tools will include the availability of autonomous eDNA samplers, multispecies molecular DNA detection tools, strategic sample design, standardized and repeatable lab analysis, and a communication framework to deliver eDNA detection results to inform invasive species science, policy, and management. The READI-Net project is part of a national strategy to implement eDNA sampling for the early detection of and rapid response to biological threats.

Suggested Citation

McKeon, L., and Wojtowicz, T., 2024, READI-Net—Providing tools for the early detection and management of aquatic invasive species: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2024–3013, 2 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Table of Contents

  • Overview
  • READI-Net—Empowering eDNA for the Early Detection of Invasive Species
  • eDNA Enables Early Detection and Rapid Response
  • Effects of Biological Threats
  • The Components of READI-Net Deliver Complete eDNA Support
  • Who Are READI-Net Users?
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title READI-Net—Providing tools for the early detection and management of aquatic invasive species
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2024-3013
DOI 10.3133/fs20243013
Year Published 2024
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description 2 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
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