Di- and trinucleotide repeat microsatellites for the parasitoid wasp, Aphidius transcaspicus

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  • J. D. LOZIER,

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    1. Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Division of Insect Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 137 Mulford Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-3114 USA
      Jeff Lozier, Fax: (510) 642 7428; E-mail: jlozier@nature.berkeley.edu
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  • N. J. MILLS,

    1. Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Division of Insect Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 137 Mulford Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-3114 USA
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  • G. K. RODERICK

    1. Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Division of Insect Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 137 Mulford Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-3114 USA
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Jeff Lozier, Fax: (510) 642 7428; E-mail: jlozier@nature.berkeley.edu

Abstract

The Mediterranean parasitoid Aphidius transcaspicus is currently under investigation as a potential biological control agent for the mealy plum aphid, Hyalopterus pruni, in California. To better understand the biology of this parasitoid, including the potential existence of distinct strains or geographic races, we have developed a set of nine di- and trinucleotide repeat microsatellite markers. These markers were examined for variability in individuals from throughout the geographic distribution of A. transcaspicus, and we found between three and 19 alleles per locus. These are the first loci developed for A. transcaspicus and they will be of value in studying the population structure of this potential biocontrol agent and for future diagnostics.

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