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Agricultural Research Service

Title: Insect Molecular Genetics Workshop: Enabling Technologies for the Expansion of Sit for Old and New World Screwworm

Authors
item Skoda, Steven
item Azeredo-Espin, Ana Maria - UNIV. OF CAMPINAS, BRAZIL

Submitted to: IAEA-FAO Research Coordination Meeting for CRP
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: February 4, 2002
Publication Date: February 4, 2002

Interpretive Summary: The following interpretive summary refers to the Workshop and 2nd Seminar co-presented by Dr. Skoda at the IAEA-FAO 1st Research Coordination Meeting (RCM)for the Coordinated Research Project (CRP), Jan-Feb 2002. The New World Screwworm (NWS), native to the Western Hemisphere, is a devastating pest of livestock in South America and the Caribbean. NWS has been eradicated from the US, Mexico and Central America (east of the Panama Canal) by using the sterile insect technique(SIT) in large-scale, multinational eradication programs. The Old world Screwworm (OWS), native to the Eastern Hemisphere, is also a devastating pest where it occurs, that has not been subjected to SIT control/eradication programs. The recently established Coordinated Research Project administered through the IAEA-FAO on "Enabling Technologies for the Expansion of SIT for Old and New World Screwworm" aims to enhance research on NWS and standardize approaches between NWS and OWS. Molecular genetic techniques useful in understanding the genetic variation of pests would be useful tools for NWS and OWS. The goal of this workshop was to standardize insect sampling, sample preservation, DNA extraction, and PCR protocols necessary for realizing the benefits of molecular genetic techniques for researchers working with the NWS and/or OWS.

Technical Abstract: The following technical abstract refers to the Workshop and 2nd Seminar co-presented by Dr. Skoda at the IAEA-FAO 1st Research Coordination Meeting (RCM)for the Coordinated Research Project (CRP), Jan-Feb 2002. The New World Screwworm (NWS), native to the Western Hemisphere, is a devastating pest of livestock in South America and the Caribbean. NWS has been eradicated from the US, Mexico and Central America (east of the Panama Canal) by using the sterile insect technique(SIT) in large-scale, multinational eradication programs. The Old world Screwworm (OWS), native to the Eastern Hemisphere, is also a devastating pest where it occurs, that has not been subjected to SIT control/eradication programs. The recently established Coordinated Research Project administered through the IAEA-FAO on "Enabling Technologies for the Expansion of SIT for Old and New World Screwworm" aims to enhance research on NWS and standardize approaches between NWS and OWS. Molecular genetic techniques useful in understanding the genetic variation of pests would be useful tools for NWS and OWS. The goal of this workshop was to standardize insect sampling, sample preservation, DNA extraction, and PCR protocols necessary for realizing the benefits of molecular genetic techniques for researchers working with the NWS and/or OWS.

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