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Title: Allozyme Variation in Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Hemiptera: Adelgidae) from the United States and China

Author: Sánchez, V.; Keena, M.A.; Keena, M.A.;

Date: 2009

Source: Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 102(3): 539-546.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: The hemlock woolly adelgid, Adelges tsugae Annand (Hemiptera: Adelgidae), is a major introduced pest of eastern hemlock, Tsuga canadensis (L.) Carriere. Hemlock woolly adelgid in the United States is anholocyclic and an obligate parthenogen, because no suitable primary host (on which sexual reproduction occurs in Asia) is reported for this adelgid in the United States. Allozyme analyses were conducted to assess the relatedness between three hemlock woolly adelgid populations in the eastern United States (Connecticut, New Jersey, and Virginia) and to compare them with adelgids from the western United States (Washington) and China. Signi?cant hemlock woolly adelgid allozyme variation was found between nonadjacent trees within a site in the eastern United States. There was a small difference between the two northern and the southern populations despite the relative genetic uniformity between the sites across the allozyme loci evaluated.

Keywords: Adelges tsugae, genetic diversity, allozymes, parthenogenic

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Sánchez, V.; Keena, M.A. 2009. Allozyme Variation in Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Hemiptera: Adelgidae) from the United States and China. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 102(3): 539-546.


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