Newts? It's all in the genes

Detecting the presence of great crested newts using DNA in water samples could help transform conventional survey practices by saving time and money, say Jane Brinkley and Katrena Stanhope

The habitat of newts can extend up to 500 metres from their breeding ponds (credit: Atkins)
The habitat of newts can extend up to 500 metres from their breeding ponds (credit: Atkins)

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