Understanding Genetic Differences Will Help Manage an Idaho Pest
December 01, 2020
A wireworm is the small grub-like larva of a click beetle. It’s a major pest to Idaho farmers and poses a continually growing economic threat. Researchers at the University of Idaho and the Idaho Wheat Commission have found that two species of wireworms are actually comprised of multiple genetically distinct groups that are divergent enough to be considered unique species. They found a total of five potential species, which means that managing these pests could be even more difficult. Kimberly Andrews, a bioinformatics data scientist in IBEST’s Genomic Resources Core, was lead author on a paper published in the Communications Biology journal in September. The paper outlines their genomic analysis of wireworms and the surprising discovery of multiple potential species. Read more.
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