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Table 2 The most common species found for the eDNA metabarcoding reference library analysis in total for Events 9 and 21 separately, which correspond closest to the September and May traditional surveys respectively

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

Reference library metabarcoding most common species
Total Event 9 Event 21
Prosopis glandulosa Bouteloua gracilis Prosopis glandulosa
Salsola tragus Salsola tragus Salsola tragus
Descurainia pinnata Kochia scoparia Descurainia pinnata
Bouteloua gracilis Cynodon dactylon Helenium amarum
Helenium amarum Gutierrezia sarothrae Laennecia coulteri
Ulmus pumila Ambrosia psilostachya Machaeranthera tanacetifolia
Kochia scoparia Sporobolus cryptandrus Aphanostephus ramosissimus
Laennecia coulteri Sorghum halepense Oxalis dillenii
Cynodon dactylon Laennecia coulteri Cynodon dactylon
Machaeranthera tanacetifolia Verbesina encelioides Ratibida columnifera
  1. Species in bold represent species that were not found with the traditional surveying method for that respective survey