Entomological Science (2012) 15, 121-126

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Wonhoon Lee and Seunghwan Lee (2012)
Unexpected problem in aphid DNA barcoding by universal primers
Entomological Science 15 (1), 121-126
Abstract: DNA barcode (mitochondrial COI) sequences have allowed for species identification of aphids. In this study, we newly found a DNA barcoding problem in a part of the DNA sequences for Sitobion avenae. Five S. avenae individuals showed differences of, on average, 32.60% in the DNA sequences from other conspecific individuals, and a BLAST search revealed that the five sequences are similar to those of aphid parasitoids such as Aphidius, Ephedrus and Praon spp. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). Based on these results, we concluded that the universal primers used in aphid DNA barcodes can amplify barcode sequences from parasitoid species within host aphids.
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Database assignments for author(s): Seung Hwan Lee

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
molecular biology - genes

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Sitobion avenae Maize/corn (Zea mays) Korea-South
Sitobion avenae Rosa (crop) Korea-South
Sitobion avenae Agropyron (crop) Korea-South
Sitobion avenae Akebia (crop) Korea-South