Methods in DNA taxonomy: a special focus on insects

Spring Course
Portici, Italy 
Apr. 22
- Apr. 24
, 2024
Department of Agricultural Science University of Naples Federico II 
Rationale

In the last 10 years, the use of DNA sequences for the identification and delimitation of taxa, namely DNA taxonomy, has found more and more consensus and applications in various fields. Especially after the advent of DNA barcoding, which showed the potential of using short DNA sequences for species identification, DNA taxonomy has become routinely used in many fields where the quick identification of taxa is needed. Nowadays, DNA metabarcoding is the most widely used method for performing biodiversity surveys exploiting molecular information since it allows the identification of many taxa simultaneously without the intervention of morphological taxonomists, even starting from environmental DNA. On the other hand, the molecular delimitation of species is very useful for carrying out taxonomic revisions and in the description of new species, especially when combined with morphology. In particular, it allows the detection of cryptic species that the morphology-based approach cannot recognize. DNA taxonomy methods are particularly useful when applied to insects, where the large number of existing species and the strong expertise required for their identification and delimitation make the application of standard morphological approaches difficult. This course aims to provide the theoretical and practical basis for applying DNA taxonomy methods to insects.

Trainers

Matteo Montagna - Department of Agricultural Sciences (Lab E. Tremblay), University of Naples Federico II

Diego Fontaneto - Molecular Ecology Group, CNR Istituto di Ricerca sulle Acque

Giulia Magoga - Department of Agricultural Sciences (Lab E. Tremblay), University of Naples Federico II

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Scientific Director(s):

Matteo Montagna

Date:

Apr. 22
- Apr. 24
, 2024

Location:

Portici, Italy

Venue:

Department of Agricultural Science University of Naples Federico II

Address:

Reggia of Portici

Main Language:

English

Registration Fee:

180

Project Manager:

Marina Morra
Marina Morra

Scientific Director(s):

Matteo Montagna

Date:

Apr. 22
- Apr. 24
, 2024

Location:

Portici, Italy

Sede Incontro:

Department of Agricultural Science University of Naples Federico II

Address:

Reggia of Portici

Main Language:

English

Registration Fee:

180

Project Manager:

Marina Morra
Marina Morra
Rationale

In the last 10 years, the use of DNA sequences for the identification and delimitation of taxa, namely DNA taxonomy, has found more and more consensus and applications in various fields. Especially after the advent of DNA barcoding, which showed the potential of using short DNA sequences for species identification, DNA taxonomy has become routinely used in many fields where the quick identification of taxa is needed. Nowadays, DNA metabarcoding is the most widely used method for performing biodiversity surveys exploiting molecular information since it allows the identification of many taxa simultaneously without the intervention of morphological taxonomists, even starting from environmental DNA. On the other hand, the molecular delimitation of species is very useful for carrying out taxonomic revisions and in the description of new species, especially when combined with morphology. In particular, it allows the detection of cryptic species that the morphology-based approach cannot recognize. DNA taxonomy methods are particularly useful when applied to insects, where the large number of existing species and the strong expertise required for their identification and delimitation make the application of standard morphological approaches difficult. This course aims to provide the theoretical and practical basis for applying DNA taxonomy methods to insects.

Trainers

Matteo Montagna - Department of Agricultural Sciences (Lab E. Tremblay), University of Naples Federico II

Diego Fontaneto - Molecular Ecology Group, CNR Istituto di Ricerca sulle Acque

Giulia Magoga - Department of Agricultural Sciences (Lab E. Tremblay), University of Naples Federico II

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