Special Issue "Environmental DNA as a Rapid Forest Biodiversity Inventory Tool"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 842
Forest ecosystems provide numerous services essential to human welfare such as fuel, building material, flood control, air and water purification and carbon sequestration, among others. However, the world’s forests are under increasing pressure due to anthropic activities, including urbanization, sylviculture, and intensive agriculture. More recently, climate change and the introduction of invasive pests and diseases are seriously threatening forest health. Forest ecosystem functioning, and associated ecosystem services, are highly dependent on forest biodiversity. It is thus of paramount importance to accurately describe and monitor forest biodiversity to predict the impact of human activities on forest functions. However, a major constraint on traditional large-scale biodiversity inventories is the need to identify species using morphological characteristics and laborious and time-consuming techniques. Even for experts, it can also be difficult to identify the different stages of certain species and to detect rare and/or cryptic species. In the last decade, the analysis of environmental DNA associated with high-throughput sequencing technologies has revolutionized the field of biodiversity research, particularly in aquatic ecosystems, but this has been more rarely applied to forest ecosystems. In this Special Issue, we welcome all studies aiming at studying forest ecosystems biodiversity using metabarcoding, to promote a more generalized usage of this promising technique and help the development of standardized protocols that are easily transferable across laboratories.
Dr. Yann Surget-Groba
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- forest biodiversity
- environmental DNA
- DNA metabarcoding
- inventory methods
- species identification
- bulk sample analysis
- long-term monitoring