Submitted to: Midsouth Entomologist
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/10/2014
Publication Date: 3/1/2015
Citation: Allen, M.L. 2015. Beneficial beetles for bioinformatics. Midsouth Entomologist. 8: 56-57. Available at http://www.midsouthentomologist.org/msstate.edu/pdfs/Vol8_1/Vol8No1MEAAbstracts49-63.pdf
Technical Abstract: Coleomegilla maculata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) is a common generalist predator found throughout much of North America. The species is ecologically important and has become a useful subject of genetic research. It is easy to find outdoors, seasonally, and laboratory maintenance Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) have been established at the National Biological Control Laboratory in Stoneville, MS. The Allen laboratory has selected for a 7X inbred a strain through isofemale selection. During the course of the selection process, some interesting phenotypes were also selected. The established strains: Yellow Eyes and Elytra (Ye), Gold, and 10-Spot will described and presented visually. Experimental results demonstrating efficacy of C. maculata for spider mite remediation will be shown. Progress toward differential transcriptome analysis will also discussed.