Bioinformatic challenges for DNA metabarcoding of plants and animals

  title={Bioinformatic challenges for DNA metabarcoding of plants and animals},
  author={Eric Coissac and Tiayyba Riaz and Nicolas Puillandre},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
Almost all empirical studies in ecology have to identify the species involved in the ecological process under examination. DNA metabarcoding, which couples the principles of DNA barcoding with next generation sequencing technology, provides an opportunity to easily produce large amounts of data on biodiversity. Microbiologists have long used metabarcoding approaches, but use of this technique in the assessment of biodiversity in plant and animal communities is under‐explored. Despite its… 

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