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Eucalyptus variegated beetle: genetic diversity of New Zealand and Australian collections


Lewis, ASR and Withers, TM and Nahrung, HF and McDougal, RL and Reid, CAM and Allen, GR, Eucalyptus variegated beetle: genetic diversity of New Zealand and Australian collections, New Zealand Plant Production, New Zealand, pp. 352. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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DOI: doi:10.30843/nzpp.2018.71.209


Paropsisterna variicollis, the eucalyptus variegated beetle, was first detected in New Zealand in 2016. It threatens a growing eucalyptus forestry sector through larvae and adults causing significant defoliation to important plantation species. This work aimed to clarify the identification and origin of the New Zealand incursion to inform selection of suitable biological control agent(s). Australian and New Zealand specimens from the Paropsisterna obovata-variicollis-cloelia species complex were analysed by PCR and sequencing of two genetic loci, cytochrome c subunit I (COI) and cytochrome b (Cyt b). Molecular analysis of both genetic regions showed three major clusters of diversity. Cluster 1, proposed as Paropsisterna variicollis, had maximum 1.3% genetic variation and was collected from New Zealand, Western Australia and from geographically diverse locations in eastern Australia. Taxonomic results identified distinctive phenotypes of other closely related beetle species, assisting in proposing Cluster 2 as Paropsisterna near decolorate and Cluster 3 as Paropsisterna Agricola. Molecular results were compared to morphological structures on adult beetles.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:biological control, Chrysomelidae, genetics
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Forest health and pathology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Allen, GR (Associate Professor Geoff Allen)
ID Code:128081
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Agriculture and Food Systems
Deposited On:2018-08-31
Last Modified:2018-09-03

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