"DNA barcoding" will be used in Africa to help identify and track the mosquito species that spread the worm larvae causing lymphatic filariasis (LF), commonly known as elephantiasis. This may lead to a minimized and more accurately-targeted application of insecticides.
The technology was kicked into high gear with the publication of "Barcoding animal life: cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 divergences among closely related species" in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (Biological Sciences) by P.D.N. Hebert, S. Ratnasingham and J.R. deWaard of the University of Guelph in 2003.
- "DNA barcodes and insect biodiversity" - chapter in the book "Insect biodiversity: science and society"
- "Assembling DNA barcodes" - chapter in the book "Environmental genomics"
- "DNA barcoding of life: papers of a theme issue" - in the journal "Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London (Biological sciences)"