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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT & EVALUATION OF BIOLOGICAL CONTROL AGENTS FOR INVASIVE SPECIES THREATENING THE EVERGLADES & OTHER NATURAL AND MANANGED SYSTEMS

Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory

Title: Can genomics clarify the origins of Boreioglycaspis melaleucae in California, USA?

Authors
item Pratt, Paul
item Madeira, Paul
item Arakelian, Gevork -
item Purcell, Matthew -
item Rayamajhi, Min
item Center, Ted

Submitted to: Biocontrol Science and Technology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: March 28, 2013
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Citation: Pratt, P.D., Madeira, P.T., Arakelian, G., Purcell, M., Rayamajhi, M.B., Center, T.D. Can genomics clarify the origins of Boreioglycaspis melaleucae in California, USA? Biocontrol Science and Technology. 23(5):602-606. 2013.

Interpretive Summary: The Australian psyllid Boreioglycaspis melaleucae is a biological control agent of Melaleuca quinquenervia in Florida (USA) but was observed attacking M. quinquenervia trees in southern California (USA). Genotyping revealed the California population matched three of eight Australian haplotypes and all three Florida haplotypes. It remains unclear if the California psyllid population arrived directly from Australia or via Florida.

Technical Abstract: The Australian psyllid Boreioglycaspis melaleucae is a biological control agent of Melaleuca quinquenervia in Florida (USA) but was observed attacking M. quinquenervia trees in southern California (USA). Genotyping revealed the California population matched three of eight Australian haplotypes and all three Florida haplotypes. It remains unclear if the California psyllid population arrived directly from Australia or via Florida.

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