Using DNA barcoding for identification of some psyllids (Hemiptera: Psylloidea) intercepted at South Korea ports-of-entry
Keywords:Invasive psyllids, immature stage, molecular identification, quarantine
Quick and accurate identification of intercepted psyllids (Hemiptera: Psylloidea) is an essential requirement for effective pest management and phytosanitary procedures. However, due to lack of morphological characters in the immature stages that can be used to distinguish species, other molecular methods, such as DNA barcoding are proving to be useful. The current study was to designed to generate comprehensive information on the identification of all developmental stages of eight species of psyllids intercepted on consignments of infested fresh cut flowers at the ports of entry in South Korea using DNA barcoding. It is considered that DNA barcoding is a reliable technique for identification of intercepted psyllids for immature stages and will be helpful in the development of more effective pest management options for regulating pest species.