Submitted to: CDFA Pierce's Disease Control Program Research Symposium
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/10/2003
Publication Date: 12/10/2003
Citation: Hunter, W.B., Dang, P.M. 2003. Heat shock proteins expressed in the glassy-winged sharpshooter (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Homalodisca coagulata) [Abstract]. CDFA Pierce's Disease Control Program Research Symposium.
Technical Abstract: Insects, like all animals, produce specific proteins in response to stressful conditions. Using cDNA libraries made from the glassy-winged sharpshooter, GWSS, scientists at the U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory in Ft. Pierce, Florida, identified the genes being expressed in GWSS during hot summer conditions in southern California. The expressed sequence tags (ESTs) can be used to scan for and tag active genes. ESTs are an important tool for identifying and isolating functional genes in insects. Several heat shock proteins were isolated and identified from GWSS adults. Further studies on the expression of these proteins in response to temperature stress will advance our understanding of how the GWSS deals with extreme temperatures.