Detection of Wolbachia in a Thelytokous Population of Trichogramma atopovirilia Oatman & Platner (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) Using PCR with the wsp Specific Primer

For the first time in Brazil, Wolbachia was detected in Trichogramma using PCR with the wsp specific primer. A Trichogramma atopovirilia Oatman & Platner population was colected in Helicoverpa zea Boddie (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) eggs at Embrapa/Sete Lagoas. The results showed that the amplification of DNA bands, confirms the presence of Wolbachia on the analysed population. The presence of this a-proteobacteria will contribute for the correct choice on which population will be used for applied biological control programs against lepidopterous pests.

Insecta; sex ratio; biological control; bacteria; parasitoid


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