Insect diversity at Whitton

The insect samples from the 2-metre insect suction trap onboard Sentinel 5 were sent to Agriculture Victoria Research (AVR) to […]

The insect samples from the 2-metre insect suction trap onboard Sentinel 5 were sent to Agriculture Victoria Research (AVR) to report on the diversity of the insects captured during the trial using their insect metabarcoding approach.

Metabarcoding is a process that can screen for a large number of target species in a single sample. The metabarcoding process works by using a non-destructive DNA extraction, which results in a “DNA Soup”. Once the DNA soup is sequenced, the data is then compared to a reference database of all the identifiable insect species that might be present in the sample. The out provides a receipt of all insect present in the sample.