Journal article

Molecular markers indicate that the wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella Keifer, may represent a species complex in Australia

M Carew, M Schiffer, P Umina, A Weeks, A Hoffmann

BULLETIN OF ENTOMOLOGICAL RESEARCH | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2009

Abstract

The wheat curl mite (WCM), Aceria tosichella Keifer, is an eriophyoid pest of cereals, and the vector responsible for transmitting wheat streak mosaic virus. Several authors have suggested cryptic species of this mite identified through morphological variation, but this has never been conclusively demonstrated. Here, we use the mitochondrial 16S rRNA gene and two nuclear markers (internal transcribed spacer 1 and adenine nucleotide translocase) to show that WCM from Australia consists of at least two separate lineages that may represent putative species. In our study, both WCM variants were widespread and the only eriophyoids found on wheat varieties. The WCM variants were also found on alte..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank Paul Parker, Peter Mangano, Bruce Halliday and Danuta Knihinicki for contributions to the project. This research was supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation, with infrastructure provided through the Australian Research Council via their Special Research Centre Scheme. Funding was also provided by the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries and Water.