Environmental DNA for wildlife epidemiology and outbreak investigation

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The wildlife component of the human/wildlife interfaces where zoonotic pathogens emerge is usually very poorly characterized. This is true both for the wildlife communities themselves and for their parasites. Ecological and veterinary investigations are absolutely required but the infrastructure and manpower needed prevent their broad deployment. Fecal sample analyses are now frequently used to magnify our ability to monitor wildlife and their pathogens. In this presentation, I will show how we can extend our toolkit by using other sources of environmental DNA, with a strong focus on invertebrate-derived DNA.