Molecular identification of diaspididae and elucidation of non-native species using the genes 28s and 16s

Alexander M. Campbell, Andrew J. Lawrence, Caleb B. Hudspath, Matthew E. Gruwell

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Abstract

Armored scale insects pose a serious threat to habitat conservation across the globe because they include some of the most potent invasive species in the world. They are such a serious concern because their basic morphology, small size, and polyphagous feeding habits often allow them to exist undetected by growers and quarantine experts. In order to provide a potential solution to the problem, we have attempted to elucidate the effectiveness of molecular identification techniques using ribosomal 28s and endosymbiotic 16s rRNA. Sequence data was obtained from many field-collected insects to test the feasibility of identification techniques. A protocol for quick species determination based on sequence data is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-538
Number of pages11
JournalInsects
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Insect Science

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