Molecular techniques for the detection and differentiation of parasitoid species and the implications for fruit fly management

Cheryl Jenkins, Toni A. Chapman, Jessica L. Micallef, Olivia Reynolds

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Abstract

Parasitoid detection and identification is a necessary step in the developmentand implementation of fruit fly biological control strategies employing parasitoidaugmentive release. In recent years, DNA-based methods have been used to identifynatural enemies of pest species where morphological differentiation is problematic.Molecular techniques also offer a considerable advantage over traditional morphologicalmethods of fruit fly and parasitoid discrimination as well as within-host parasitoididentification, which currently relies on dissection of immature parasitoids from the host,or lengthy and labour-intensive rearing methods. Here we review recent research focusingon the use of molecular strategies for fruit fly and parasitoid detection and differentiationand discuss the implications of these studies on fruit fly management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)763-788
Number of pages26
JournalInsects
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

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