The current state of DNA barcoding of macroalgae in the Mediterranean Sea: presently lacking but urgently required

Angela G. Bartolo* (Corresponding Author), Gabrielle Zammit, Akira F. Peters, Frithjof C. Küpper

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Abstract

This review article explores the state of DNA barcoding of macroalgae in the Mediterranean Sea. Data from the Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD) were utilised in conjunction with a thorough bibliographic review. Our findings indicate that from around 1124 records of algae in the Mediterranean Sea, only 114 species have been barcoded. We thus conclude that there are insufficient macroalgal genetic data from the Mediterranean and that this area would greatly benefit from studies involving DNA barcoding. Such research would contribute to resolving numerous questions about macroalgal systematics in the area and address queries related to biogeography, especially those concerned with non-indigenous species. It could also possibly result in the development and application of better, cost-effective biodiversity monitoring programmes emanating from UN conventions and EU Directives. One possible way of achieving this is to construct DNA libraries via sequencing and barcoding, subsequently enabling better cost-effective biodiversity monitoring through environmental DNA metabarcoding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-272
Number of pages20
JournalBotanica Marina
Volume63
Issue number3
Early online date28 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

Keywords

  • algae
  • barcoding
  • chlorophyta
  • phaeophyceae
  • Rhodophyta
  • Chlorophyta
  • Phaeophyceae
  • BROWN-ALGAE
  • SPECIES DELIMITATION
  • REVEALS HIGH DIVERSITY
  • RED ALGAE
  • MOLECULAR PHYLOGENY
  • ENVIRONMENTAL DNA
  • CAULERPA-TAXIFOLIA
  • BENTHIC MARINE MACROALGAE
  • OXIDASE SUBUNIT I
  • ATLANTIC COASTS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science
  • Plant Science

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