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A dearth of data: fitting parasitoids into ecological networks

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kirsten Miller, Professor Darren Evans



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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.

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Author(s): Miller KE, Polaszek A, Evans DM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Trends in Parasitology

Year: 2021

Volume: 37

Issue: 10

Pages: 863-874

Online publication date: 21/05/2021

Acceptance date: 21/04/2021

Date deposited: 08/06/2021

ISSN (print): 1471-4922

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/


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