Using DNA Metabarcoding to Identify Floral Visitation by Pollinators

Abigail Lowe*, Laura Jones, Lucy Witter, Simon Creer, Natasha de Vere

*Awdur cyfatebol y gwaith hwn

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygl Adolyguadolygiad gan gymheiriaid

15 Dyfyniadau (Scopus)
57 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)

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The identification of floral visitation by pollinators provides an opportunity to improve our understanding of the fine-scale ecological interactions between plants and pollinators, contributing to biodiversity conservation and promoting ecosystem health. In this review, we outline the various methods which can be used to identify floral visitation, including plant-focused and insect-focused methods. We reviewed the literature covering the ways in which DNA metabarcoding has been used to answer ecological questions relating to plant use by pollinators and discuss the findings of this research. We present detailed methodological considerations for each step of the metabarcoding workflow, from sampling through to amplification, and finally bioinformatic analysis. Detailed guidance is provided to researchers for utilisation of these techniques, emphasising the importance of standardisation of methods and improving the reliability of results. Future opportunities and directions of using molecular methods to analyse plant–pollinator interactions are then discussed.

Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Rhif yr erthygl236
Nifer y tudalennau17
CyfnodolynDiversity
Cyfrol14
Rhif cyhoeddi4
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 24 Maw 2022

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