|Costa, H. - UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA|
|Sinisterra, Xiomara - UNIV. OF FLORIDA|
Submitted to: Plant and Animal Genome Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: December 15, 2003
Publication Date: January 10, 2004
Citation: Hunter, W.B., Dang, P.M., Bausher, M.G., Costa, H., Chaparro, J.X., Shatters, R.G., McKenzie, C.L., Sinisterra, X. 2004. Identifying genes from adult glassy-winged sharpshooter, Homolodisca coagulata (Say), (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). Plant and Animal Genome Conference Proceedings. Technical Abstract: First dataset of 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 have been 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.