Journal article

Microsatellites reveal a lack of structure in Australian populations of the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.)

NM Endersby, SW McKechnie, PM Ridland, AR Weeks

MOLECULAR ECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2006


The diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella, is renowned for developing resistance to insecticides and causing significant economic damage to Brassica vegetable crops throughout the world. Yet despite its economic importance, little is known about the population structure and movement patterns of this pest both at local and regional scales. In Australia, the movement patterns and insecticide resistance status of P. xylostella infesting canola, vegetables, forage brassicas and weeds have fundamental implications for the management of this pest. Here we use six polymorphic microsatellite loci to investigate population structure and gene flow in Australian populations of P. xylostella. Samples of..

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