Data from: Assessing strengths and weaknesses of DNA metabarcoding based macroinvertebrate identification for routine stream monitoring

Vasco Elbrecht, Ecaterina Edith Vamos, Kristian Meissner, Jukka Aroviita & Florian Leese
1) DNA metabarcoding holds great promise for the assessment of macroinvertebrates in stream ecosystems. However, few large-scale studies have compared the performance of DNA metabarcoding with that of routine morphological identification. 2) We performed metabarcoding using four primer sets on macroinvertebrate samples from 18 stream sites across Finland. The samples were collected in 2013 and identified based on morphology as part of a Finnish stream monitoring program. Specimens were morphologically classified, following standardised protocols, to...
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