|Costa, H. - UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA|
|Sinisterra, Xiomara - UNIV. OF FLORIDA|
Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: June 6, 2002
Publication Date: July 25, 2002
Citation: Hunter, W.B., Dang, P.M., Bausher, M.G., Costa, H., Chaparro, J.X., Shatters, R.G., Mckenzie, C.L., Sinisterra, X.H. 2002. Deciphering genes of the glassy-winged sharpshooter, using expressed sequence tags, est's, from homalodisca coagulata (say), (hemiptera: cicadellidae).. Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting. Technical Abstract: This is the first report of a cDNA library for genes isolated from the glassy-winged sharpshooter, GWSS, Homalodisca coagulata (Say). Scientist at the U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory in Ft. Pierce, Florida, initiated a project to analyze expressed sequence tags (ESTs), mirror images of fragments of genes and the proteins they make. Because they can be used to scan for, and tag active genes, ESTs are an important tool for identifying and isolating insect genes. Through the use of this GWSS cDNA library we will be able to address important scientific questions related to leafhoppers and will rapidly advance research on these insects. This database will also act as a direct model for hundreds of thousands of closely related species. Such a database will help scientists to identify genes critical to leafhopper biology, to understand the molecular basis of leafhopper growth and development, and to address fundamental questions concerning GWSS physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, pathology, thus providing the impetus for the development of new methods of pest management.