Emerging technologies revolutionise insect ecology and monitoring

van Klink, Roel, August, Tom, Bas, Yves, Bodesheim, Paul, Bonn, Aletta, Fossoy, Frode, Hoye, Toke T., Jongejans, Eelke, Menz, Myles H.M., Miraldo, Andreia, Roslin, Tomas, Roy, Helen E., Ruczynski, Ireneusz, Schigel, Dmitry, Schaffler, Livia, Sheard, Julie K., Svenningsen, Cecilie, Tschan, Georg F., Waldchen, Jana, Zizka, Vera M.A., Astrom, Jens, and Bowler, Diana E. (2022) Emerging technologies revolutionise insect ecology and monitoring. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 37 (10). pp. 872-885.

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Insects are the most diverse group of animals on Earth, but their small size and high diversity have always made them challenging to study. Recent technological advances have the potential to revolutionise insect ecology and monitoring. We describe the state of the art of four technologies (computer vision, acoustic monitoring, radar, and molecular methods), and assess their advantages, current limitations, and future potential. We discuss how these technologies can adhere to modern standards of data curation and transparency, their implications for citizen science, and their potential for integration among different monitoring programmes and technologies. We argue that they provide unprecedented possibilities for insect ecology and monitoring, but it will be important to foster international standards via collaboration.

Item ID: 76327
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-8383
Keywords: automated monitoring, computer vision, DNA barcoding, eDNA, entomology, radar
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2022 09:12
FoR Codes: 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3001 Agricultural biotechnology > 300101 Agricultural biotechnology diagnostics (incl. biosensors) @ 50%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310307 Population ecology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180606 Terrestrial biodiversity @ 100%
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