Project Number: 2080-21000-017-22-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement
Start Date: Jul 1, 2018
End Date: Oct 30, 2019
(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.
(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.