Journal article

A genomic approach to inferring kinship reveals limited intergenerational dispersal in the yellow fever mosquito

Moshe Jasper, Thomas Schmidt, Nazni Ahmad, Steven Sinkins, Ary Hoffmann

Published : 2019


Understanding past dispersal and breeding events can provide insight into ecology and evolution, and can help inform strategies for conservation and the control of pest species. However, parent-offspring dispersal can be difficult to investigate in rare species and in small pest species such as mosquitoes. Here we develop a methodology for estimating parent-offspring dispersal from the spatial distribution of close kin, using pairwise kinship estimates derived from genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). SNPs were scored in 162 Aedes aegypti (yellow fever mosquito) collected from eight close-set, high-rise apartment buildings in an area of Malaysia with high dengue incidence. We ..

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