|Shatters, Robert - Bob|
Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/17/2013
Publication Date: 7/16/2013
Citation: Dickey, A.M., Trease, A., Jara, A., Kumar, V., Christenson, M.K., Portluri, P., Morgan, J.K., Shatters, R.G., Davis, P.H., McKenzie, C.L., Osborne, L.S. 2013. Next-generation DNA sequencing of the globally invasive plant pest, Scirtothrips dorsalis hood (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) [abstract]. Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting. Paper No. 41. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: One of the highest profile thrips species to invade the U.S. in the last ten years is the chilli thrips. This thrips is difficult to identify due to few distinct morphological characters and molecular data suggest that it is actually a complex containing multiple, morphologically indistinguishable, species. Here we present the latest in next-generation DNA sequencing results from chilli thrips including an initial characterization of a thrips microbiome. We discuss how these data can be used to support ongoing efforts to construct a robust chilli thrips phylogeny and to identify the site of origin of the U.S. population. Metagenomics discoveries made as a result of this project may also provide critical insights into biotic interactions relevant to all thrips species and facilitate the emergence of new control strategies for these important pests.