The future of environmental DNA in ecology

  • Irwin
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Abstract

The contributions of environmental DNA to ecology are reviewed, focusing on diet, trophic interactions, species distributions and biodiversity assessment. Environmental DNA has the potential to dramatically improve quantita-tive studies in these fields. Achieving this, however, will require large investments of time and money into devel-oping the relevant databases, models, and software.

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  • DNA metabarcoding
  • diet analysis
  • diversity
  • environmental DNA
  • food web interactions
  • invasive species
  • next-generation sequencing
  • statistical modelling

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