Towards an integrative phylogeography of invasive marine seaweeds, based on multiple lines of evidence

Zanolla, Marianela, and Andreakis, Nikos (2016) Towards an integrative phylogeography of invasive marine seaweeds, based on multiple lines of evidence. In: Hu, Zi-Min, and Fraser, Ceridwen, (eds.) Seaweed Phylogeography: adaptation and evolution of seaweeds under environmental change. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 187-207.

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Molecular phylogeography has for decades been a frequently used approach to delineate novel evolutionarily significant units (ESUs) and to study the dynamics of invasive species. Next-generation sequencing technology (NGS) and the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) have the potential to revolutionize our way of understanding biodiversity and to establish rapid protocols for early-stage detection of invasive species. In seaweeds, however, several years of research on iconic invasive taxa of ambiguous taxonomic status (e.g. Caulerpa, Codium, Asparagopsis) have suggested that an integrative approach, namely the combination of multiple lines of evidence (e.g. phylogeographic, ecological, physiological and predictive modelling), is necessary to accurately resolve the taxonomy and their invasive potential. At present, integrative approaches in these fields are often weak because of incongruences among species delineation, newly discovered ESUs which remain undescribed taxonomically, and because databases containing vouchers of barcoded specimens are incomplete. As relocations of marine biota accelerate and climatic changes offer new potential niches for invasive seaweeds, new, transferable and internationally adopted protocols are necessary for exploring, monitoring and managing marine biodiversity. This is particularly urgent in areas of intense maritime traffic, such as the Mediterranean Sea and the Hawaiian archipelago, in order to achieve sustainable socio-economic development without compromising the local marine resources.

Item ID: 49430
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-94-017-7532-8
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2017 00:36
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060302 Biogeography and Phylogeography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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