Using DNA barcoding to improve invasive pest identification at U.S. ports-of-entry
Interception of potential invasive species at ports-of-entry is essential for effective biosecurity
and biosurveillance programs. However, taxonomic assessment of the immature stages
of most arthropods is challenging; characters for identification are often dependent on adult
morphology and reproductive structures. This study aims to strengthen the identification of
such specimens through DNA barcoding, with a focus on microlepidoptera.