Life on Earth is a rich and beautiful thing. There’s much that has changed and is even fraying due to human caused habitat loss and global warming . As more and more species vanish, researchers have found new ways to track environmental DNA, and it’s all because of spiderwebs.
Sure spiderwebs can be annoying, but did you know that they contain environmental DNA? This information could help researchers learn more about our world.
What’s even more intriguing is that this is an exceptionally low-cost and noninvasive tool that doesn’t require us to set up expensive equipment and further mess with the environment we’re trying to study. Scientists published new research on how spiderwebs can be used to learn more about environmental DNA in Science.
Learning more about environmental DNA through spiderwebs will make it much easier for researchers to learn more about inhospitable environments, especially if we’re talking about places where endangered species reside. Moving in and out of these areas to install expensive equipment can mess with the environment.
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By using spiderwebs to learn more about environmental DNA, though, we can learn more about those areas with less intrusive means, which is something that scientists have long hoped for, as it creates a more controlled environment without as much human intervention and interruption.
Spiderwebs don’t provide all the information we need to learn about animal environments. Researchers have used guts from animals, leech blood meal, or even eDNA extracted from water, flowers, or leaves. We can learn a lot about the planet, and its inhabitants by studying spiderwebs.
And maybe along the way, we’ll uncover even more undiscovered spiders.
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