Review

DNA barcode information for the sugar cane moth borer Diatraea saccharalis

Published: August 14, 2008
Genet. Mol. Res. 7 (3) : 741-748 DOI: https://doi.org/10.4238/vol7-3gmr470
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(2008). DNA barcode information for the sugar cane moth borer Diatraea saccharalis. Genet. Mol. Res. 7(3): gmr470. https://doi.org/10.4238/vol7-3gmr470
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Abstract

We reviewed the use and relevance of barcodes for insect studies and investigated the barcode sequence of Diatraea saccharalis. This sequence has a high level of homology (99%) with the barcode sequence of the Crambidae (Lepidoptera). The sequence data can be used to construct relationships between species, allowing a multidisciplinary approach for taxonomy, which includes morphological, molecular and distribution data, all of which are essential for the understanding of biodiversity. The D. saccharalis barcode is a previously undescribed sequence that could be used to analyze Lepidoptera biology.

We reviewed the use and relevance of barcodes for insect studies and investigated the barcode sequence of Diatraea saccharalis. This sequence has a high level of homology (99%) with the barcode sequence of the Crambidae (Lepidoptera). The sequence data can be used to construct relationships between species, allowing a multidisciplinary approach for taxonomy, which includes morphological, molecular and distribution data, all of which are essential for the understanding of biodiversity. The D. saccharalis barcode is a previously undescribed sequence that could be used to analyze Lepidoptera biology.