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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kirsten Miller,
Professor Darren Evans
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).
Studying parasitoids can provide insights into global diversity estimates, climate change impacts, and agroecosystem service provision. However, this potential remains largely untapped due to a lack of data on how parasitoids interact with other organisms. Ecological networks are a useful tool for studying and exploiting the impacts of parasitoids, but their construction is hindered by the magnitude of undescribed parasitoid species, a sparse knowledge of host ranges, and an under-representation of parasitoids within DNA-barcode databases (we estimate <5% have a barcode). Here, we advocate the use of DNA metabarcoding to construct the host–parasitoid component of multilayer networks. While the incorporation of parasitoids into network-based analyses has far ranging applications, we focus on its potential for assessing ecosystem service provision within agroecosystems.
Author(s): Miller KE, Polaszek A, Evans DM
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Trends in Parasitology
Pages: epub ahead of print
Online publication date: 21/05/2021
Acceptance date: 21/04/2021
Date deposited: 08/06/2021
ISSN (print): 1471-4922
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