Skip to main content

Table 1 The most common species found in traditional surveys and for each individual survey separately

From: Airborne environmental DNA metabarcoding detects more diversity, with less sampling effort, than a traditional plant community survey

Traditional survey most common species
Total September May
Bouteloua gracilis Bouteloua gracilis Bouteloua gracilis
Prosopis glandulosa Prosopis glandulosa Laennecia coulteri
Laennecia coulteri Salsola tragus Prosopis glandulosa
Helianthus ciliaris Helianthus ciliaris Helenium amarum
Helenium amarum Solanum elaeagnifolium* Erigeron modestus*
Erigeron modestus* Euphorbia lata Lepidium densiflorum
Lepidium densiflorum Kochia scoparia Helianthus ciliaris
Salsola tragus Hopia obtusa Teucrium laciniatum
Solanum elaeagnifolium Quincula lobata* Ammoselinum popei*
Teucrium laciniatum Portulaca oleracea Plectocephalus americanus
  1. Sequence data for the species marked with an * were unavailable and thus excluded from comparison with metabarcoding. Additionally, species in bold were not detected by the eDNA surveying method for that respective survey