Vision for Plant Pest Barcoding

The majority of described species are invertebrates, approximately 1 million in all, with hundreds of thousands more awaiting description. As a result of their sheer numbers, varied life-stages and diverse life-history strategies it can be extremely challenging to identify invertebrates to species. Unfortunately, this hinders our ability to cope with invertebrate pests at all management levels, from growers to governments. DNA barcoding critically extends our ability to detect pests but its application is predicated on the existence of a barcode reference sequence library derived from expert-identified reference specimens held in accessible museum collections.

The Plant Pest Barcoding web resource seeks to facilitate pest arthropod identification through the use of DNA barcoding by highlighting the depth of barcode coverage for plant pests found on major checklists. By highlighting gaps in coverage, it also supports coordinated efforts to further the development of DNA barcode reference libraries for pest arthropods.

This Plant Pest Barcoding web resource was initiated in tandem with the following manuscript:

Frewin, A., C. Scott-Dupree, and R. Hanner. 2013. DNA barcoding for plant protection: applications and summary of available data for arthropod pests. CAB Reviews 8: 1-13.