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Advances and challenges in barcoding of microbes, parasites, and their vectors and reservoirs

  • SERGE MORAND (a1) (a2)
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DNA barcoding is now a common tool in parasitology and epidemiology, which require good methods for identification not only of parasites and pathogens but vectors and reservoirs. This special issue presents some advances and challenges in barcoding of microbes, parasites, and their vectors and reservoirs. DNA barcoding found new applications in disease ecology, conservation parasitology, environmental parasitology and in paleoparasitology. New technologies such as next-generation sequencing and matrix-assisted laser desorption–ionization time-of-flight have made it now possible to investigate large samples of specimens. By allowing the investigation of parasites at the interface between environment, biodiversity, animal and human health, barcoding and biobanking have important policy outcomes as well as ethics and legal implications. The special issue ‘Advances and challenges in the barcoding of parasites, vectors and reservoirs’ illustrates some recent advances and proposes new avenues for research in barcoding in parasitology.

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*Corresponding author: CNRS ISEM, CIRAD ASTRE, Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, France and Faculty of Veterinary Technology, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand. E-mail: serge.morand@cirad.fr
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