To protect and conserve threatened platypus populations this spring, Melbourne Water is continuing to take proactive measures. Environmental DNA (e-DNA) technology is used alongside routine trapping methods to initiate a comprehensive surveillance program. Using this ground-breaking approach, Melbourne Water and our research partners will significantly enhance historical trapping data collected since 1995 and monitor long-term changes in platypus distribution across Greater Melbourne.

Melbourne Water protecting declining platypus populations

To protect and conserve threatened platypus populations this spring, Melbourne Water is continuing to take proactive measures. Environmental DNA (e-DNA) technology is used alongside routine trapping methods to initiate a comprehensive surveillance program. Using this ground-breaking approach, Melbourne Water and our research partners will significantly enhance historical trapping data collected since 1995. They will monitor long-term changes in platypus distribution across Greater Melbourne. Read More