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The interactions between species and their biotic and abiotic environments is critical to the health and dynamics of food webs and community structure. A better understanding of these interactions will result in improved management of natural resources and habitat restoration. However, understanding these interactions has been complicated by several factors including:

The development of molecular tools to discriminate species, genotypes within species, life history stages, gender, and to align morphologically indiscriminant juveniles with morphologically distinct adults will allow researchers to address these issues. In addition, the development of rapid diagnostic molecular systems will enable genetic analyses to be incorporated into monitoring programs. Currently, there are few rapid diagnostic genetic systems available and they are critically needed by natural resource managers.

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