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Research Project: Next-Gen Molecular Tools for Identifying and Surveying Wild Bee Diversity

Location: Pollinating Insect-Biology, Management, Systematics Research

Project Number: 2080-21000-017-22-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Jul 1, 2018
End Date: Oct 30, 2019

Objective:
(1) Evaluate the performance of ultraconserved element (UCE) phylogenomics as a tool for species delimitation and identification in wild native bees; (2) establish a database of UCE sequence data for most native and all introduced megachilid bee species in the U.S.; (3) use UCE sequence data to resolve species boundaries in problematic groups of megachilid species in the U.S.

Approach:
(1) Develop an efficient laboratory protocol for generating UCE sequence data from native bees; (2) generate UCE sequence data for most of the 644 described species of U.S. megachilid bees; (3) generate UCE sequence data for most of the ~20 introduced megachilid species; (4) resolve the taxonomy of U.S. megachilid species in the genera Osmia, Stelis, Hoplitis, Ashmeadiella, and Megachile using UCE sequence data; (6) deposit all sequence data in publicly available data repositories.