Potential utility of environmental DNA for early detection of Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum)
Thum, Ryan A.
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Considering the harmful and irreversible consequences of many biological invasions, early detection of an invasive species is an important step toward protecting ecosystems (Sepulveda et al. 2012). Early detection increases the probability that suppression or eradication efforts will be successful because invasive populations are small and localized (Vander Zanden et al. 2010). However, most invasive species are not detected early because current tools have low detection probabilities when target species are rare and the sampling effort required to achieve acceptable detection capabilities with current tools is seldom tractable (Jerde et al. 2011). As a result, many invasive species go undetected until they are abundant and suppression efforts become costly.
Newton, Jeremy, Adam Sepulveda, Kevin Sylvester, AND Ryan A. Thum. “Potential utility of environmental DNA for early detection of Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum)” Journal of Aquatic Plant Management 54, no. 1: 46-49.