Journal article

Identifying chironomids (Diptera : Chironomidae) for biological monitoring with PCR-RFLP

ME Carew, V Pettigrove, AA Hoffmann

BULLETIN OF ENTOMOLOGICAL RESEARCH | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2003

Abstract

Chironomids are excellent biological indicators for the health of aquatic ecosystems, but their use at finer taxonomic levels is hindered by morphological similarity of species at each life stage. Molecular markers have the potential to overcome these problems by facilitating species identification particularly in large-scale surveys. In this study, the potential of the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) approach was tested to rapidly distinguish among chironomids within a geographic area, by considering chironomid species from Melbourne, Australia. By comparing molecular markers with diagnostic morphological traits, RFLP profiles of the cytochrome ..

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