PERMANENT GENETIC RESOURCES: Polymorphic microsatellite loci for Diachasma alloeum (Hymenoptera: Braconidae).
Here, we report the isolation of 21 novel primers for amplification of microsatellite loci in Diachasma alloeum (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). Diachasma alloeum is a larval parasitoid of the apple maggot fly (Rhagoletis pomonella), which is an economically significant agricultural pest species and a textbook example of sympatric speciation via host-plant shifting. These microsatellite markers will prove useful both for assessing genetic relationships between different host-associated populations of D. alloeum, as well as for future R. pomonella biological control programmes. We also report the cross-species amplification of several loci for Diachasmimorpha mellea and Diachasma ferrugineum, parasitoids of R. pomonella and R. cingulata, respectively.
Forbes, AA; Powell, THQ; Lobo, NF; Noor, MAF; Feder, JL
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