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DNA Metabarcoding to quantify the response of insect diversity to mountain forest die-offs in the French Pyrenees

Abstract : Mountain forests suffer from an increase in frequency and severity of summer droughts and infestations of pathogens and insects. Those factors are causing high mortality of some keystone tree species (forest die-offs). Yet, how tree diebacks and associated changes in forest composition will affect local diversity and ecosystem functions remains unknown. Here, we aim at quantifying the impact of climate-induced forest decline on biodiversity by measuring changes in taxonomic structure of invertebrate communities along gradients of silver fir (Abies alba) dieback in the French Pyrenees. We use DNA metabarcoding to analyse 224 samples of Malaise traps placed on 56 silver fir dominated plots in the French Pyrenees from May to September 2017. Samples were sequenced using Illumina MiSeq and analysed using the DAMe twin-tagging pipeline approach. We conducted taxonomic assignment against reference DNA barcode libraries to streamli ne identification and recover biological information for ecological analysis. We discuss the results of our metabarcoding analysis and the utility of our approach to conduct biomonitoring across a large geographical scale.
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Lucas Sire, Rodolphe Rougerie, Laurent Larrieu, Annie Bézier, Béatrice Courtial, et al.. DNA Metabarcoding to quantify the response of insect diversity to mountain forest die-offs in the French Pyrenees. International Conference on Ecological Sciences (Sfécologie 2018), Oct 2018, Rennes, France. 825 p. ⟨hal-02736320⟩



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