Publications: Peer-reviewed journal articles (by staff)
Trends in DNA barcoding and metabarcoding
Adamowicz SJ, Boatwright JS, Chain F, Fisher BL, Hogg ID, Leese F, Lijtmaer DA, Mwale M, Naaum AM, Pochon X, Steinke D, Wilson JJ, Wood SA, Xu J, Xu S, Zhou X, van der Bank M (2019). Trends in DNA barcoding and metabarcoding. Genome, 62 (3): v-viii
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This open-access special issue features 12 full articles representing emerging trends from the international DNA barcoding community. Several articles highlight how DNA-based techniques are elucidating the species diversity, biogeography, and conservation status of Africa’s biodiversity. Another prominent theme is the movement towards big biodiversity data using high-throughput, individual-based DNA barcoding methods, which preserve voucher specimens and abundance data, as well as bulk sample-based metabarcoding. Methodological developments are enhancing the detection of specific species and whole communities using environmental DNA (eDNA) barcoding and metabarcoding. Data are also expanding in terms of genetic coverage; in this issue, a new database is established for a secondary fungal DNA barcode marker, and multi-kingdom, multi-marker biodiversity surveys are gaining traction. DNA barcode sequence data, often combined with complementary markers or taxonomic information, are increasingly contributing to large-scale phylogenetic projects, with implications for understanding evolutionary history, community structure, and conservation priorities.