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Metabarcoding: emerging technology allows rapid, large-scale monitoring of biodiversity for conservation and management.

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Measuring biodiversity is difficult, expensive, and time-consuming because of the taxonomic impediment. Metabarcoding combines high-throughput sequencing with DNA taxonomy to overcome the taxonomic impediment, which opens the door to large-scale and repeated monitoring of biodiversity. My talk will (1) introduce the concept of metabarcoding, (2) present results from validation studies, in which we show that the method produces accurate and reliable biodiversity datasets, and (3) introduce current work which is being conducted alongside managers of biodiversity in UK farmland and forest ecosystems. I will also describe some of the other strands of metabarcoding research, including the use of environmental DNA to survey plants (eDNA from soil), fish (eDNA from water), and mammals (iDNA from parasites and carrion-feeders).

This talk is part of the Ecology Lunchtime Series series.

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