DNA barcoding can facilitate a cost-effective and accurate species identification in challenging circumstances such as when a sample is incomplete, damaged, lacking key identifying features, or if the species is very morphologically similar to another. This is of particular importance when a species is of high value as an indicator of ecosystem health or environmental impact but is frequently misidentified as another species. DNA barcoding can be used to identify species present in the gut contents or faeces of a predator species, and even to determine the sex and species of the predator.
Xelect are able to use DNA barcodes to assign individual organisms to the correct species rapidly and cheaply using quantitative PCR methods and fluorescent labelled probes. After initial experiment set-up we could provide accurate species calls from hundreds of samples in as little as a single day.