Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/22/2005
Publication Date: 7/24/2005
Citation: Katsar, C.S., Hunter, W.B., Lapointe, S.L. 2005. Delta-9 Desaturase from the Diaprepes root weevil. 88th Annual Meeting of the Florida Entomological Society. July 24-27, 2005. Ft. Myers, FL. Paper No. DS-P11. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Diaprepes root weevil, DRW, (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Diaprepes abbreviatus L.) costs the citrus industry millions of dollars in lost production and has started to negatively impact the ornamental industries. DRW has spread to Texas, and is now a threat to California agriculture. New strategies to monitor and limit damage to crops are needed. More effective trapping and management strategies depend upon identification of attractants or pheromones for this species. The full length cDNA of two desaturases were cloned and characterized from the DRW and the protein characterized in silico to determine if pheromone precursors were present.