Biosurveillance of forest insects: Part I - Nintegration and application of genomic tools to the surveillance of non-native forest insects.
Invasive species pose significant threats to forest ecosystems. Early intervention strategies are the most cost-effective means to control biological invasions, but are reliant on robust biosurveillance. State-of-the-art genomic approaches can provide an unprecedented opportunity to access detailed information on the invasion process and adaptive potential of invasive insects that pose an immediate threat to forests environments. Genomics can improve diagnostics of the invader and identify its route of invasion by determining the source population(s), assess its probability of establishment and patterns of spread, as well as provide evidence of adaptation. Applied biosurveillance efforts by plant health regulatory agencies will benefit substantially from the detailed insights that genomic data bring to our understanding of biological invasions.