22. DNA barcoding of invasive species

  1. David M. Richardson
  1. Hugh B. Cross1,2,
  2. Andrew J. Lowe1,2 and
  3. Frederico D. Gurgel1,2,3

Published Online: 30 NOV 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444329988.ch22

Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology: The Legacy of Charles Elton

Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology: The Legacy of Charles Elton

How to Cite

Cross, H. B., Lowe, A. J. and Gurgel, F. D. (2010) DNA barcoding of invasive species, in Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology: The Legacy of Charles Elton (ed D. M. Richardson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444329988.ch22

Editor Information

  1. Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany & Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 7602 Matieland, South Africa

Author Information

  1. 1

    Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia

  2. 2

    State Herbarium of South Australia, Science Resource Centre, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Australia

  3. 3

    South Australian Research and Development Institute, Aquatic Sciences, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 NOV 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 DEC 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335859

Online ISBN: 9781444329988



  • DNA barcoding of invasive species;
  • new international initiative - transforming research, into invasive species;
  • greatest challenges in handling - what Elton termed ‘ecological explosions’;
  • DNA barcoding, a universal standard molecular marker - to identify all species around the world;
  • Consortium on the Barcoding of Life (CBOL);
  • DNA barcoding, an international initiative - beginning in 2003;
  • ultimate goal of DNA barcoding - research into invasive species and monitoring – development of a handheld device, ‘DNA barcorder’;
  • DNA barcoding, lingua franca - identifying positively all specimens of a species;
  • genetic identification - above and below species level;
  • early and rapid identification of invasive species


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • An Overview of Dna Barcoding

  • The Search for A Universal Barcode: One Gene to Rule Them All

  • A Standard Reference for Cross Study and Multi - Regional Comparisons

  • Genetic Identification Above and Below the Species Level

  • Applications of Dna Barcoding for Invasive Species Research

  • Conclusion: Dna Barcoding Offers A Bridge Between Phylogeography, Invasive Species Biology and Systematics

  • Acknowledgements

  • References