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Genetic diversity and population structure of the bollworm Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) recently introduced in South America

Grant number: 14/10504-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2014
Effective date (End): February 29, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics - Animal Genetics
Principal researcher:Ana Maria Lima de Azeredo-Espin
Grantee:Rogério Martins Gonçalves
Home Institution: Centro de Biologia Molecular e Engenharia Genética (CBMEG). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner, 1808) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), was recently introduced in Brazil. During the 2012-2013 harvest, producers reported reduced yields up to 35% on major crops. The economic losses reached US$ 1 billion only in western Bahia, triggering a phytosanitary crisis. The deficiencies in existing taxonomic keys to deal with the morphologically indistinct larvae of H. armigera and the native H. zea (Boddie, 1850), constrained the detection of new incursions of this heliothine invader. This study will explore the identity of heliothine larvae and adults that are found infesting the main growing areas from several Brazilian states, through sequences of mitochondrial and nuclear genes. This study will also map the genetic diversity and population structure of H. armigera in Brazil.

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Scientific publications
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GONCALVES, ROGERIO MARTINS; MASTRANGELO, THIAGO; VERLE RODRIGUES, JOSE CARLOS; PAULO, DANIEL FERNANDO; OMOTO, CELSO; CORREA, ALBERTO SOARES; LIMA DE AZEREDO-ESPIN, ANA MARIA. Invasion origin, rapid population expansion, and the lack of genetic structure of cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera) in the Americas. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, v. 9, n. 13, p. 7378-7401, . (14/11495-3, 14/10504-9, 15/02079-9, 18/04478-6)
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GONÇALVES, Rogério Martins. Genetic diversity and population structure of the bollworm Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) recently introduced in South America. 0000. Master's Dissertation - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Biologia Campinas, SP.

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