Start Date: Apr 28, 2010
End Date: Apr 20, 2011
Measure nuclear genetic diversity using microsatellite and AFLP markers. Use mtDNA PCR-RFLP and sequencing to quantitate additional diversity and identify species. Monitor the movement of Wolbachia strain boundaries over several seasons. Define the level of competition between insects infected with different Wolbachia strains and correlate Wolbachia infection, mtDNA genotype, and sex ratio. Identify and Characterize genes differentially expressed in diapause and non-diapause insects. Use interfering RNA (iRNA) experiments to determine the significance of key genes in diapause physiology. Measure respiration quotients at different temperatures and stages of diapause to determine the transition from a diapause respiration pattern to a nondiapause pattern. Conduct comparative study of diapause specific genes and their regulatory elements in other insects based on primers derived from the original Colorado potato beetle diapause regulated genes.