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    This study demonstrates the efficacy of DNA barcodes for diagnosing species of Lymantria and reinforces the view that the approach is an under-utilized resource with substantial potential for biosecurity and surveillance. Biomonitoring agencies currently employing the NB restriction digest system would gather more information by transitioning to the use of DNA barcoding, a change which could be made relatively seamlessly as the same gene region underlies both protocols.

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    deWaard, Jeremy R.; Mitchell, Andrew; Keena, Melody A.; Gopurenko, David; Boykin, Laura M.; Armstrong, Karen F.; Pogue, Michael G.; Lima, Joao; Floyd, Robin; Hanner, Robert H.; Humble, Leland M. 2010. Towards a global barcode library for Lymantria (Lepidoptera: Lymantriinae) tussock moths of biosecurity concern. PLoS ONE. 5(12): e4280. 10 p.


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