Brian Fenton

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Global commerce and human transportation are responsible for the range expansion of various insect pests such as the plant sucking aphids. High resolution DNA markers provide the opportunity to examine the genetic structure of aphid populations, identify aphid genotypes and infer their evolutionary history and routes of expansion which is of value in(More)
Under herbivore attack plants mount a defence response characterized by the accumulation of secondary metabolites and inhibitory proteins. Significant changes are observed in the transcriptional profiles of genes encoding enzymes of primary metabolism. Such changes have often been interpreted in terms of a requirement for an increased investment of(More)
Ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacers of the eriophyid mites Cecidophyopsis ribis, C. selachodon, C. spicata, C. alpina, C. aurea, C. grossulariae and Phylocoptes gracillis were amplified using PCR, cloned and sequenced. Sequences for the ITS1 of Cecidophyopsids were 92-99% homologous. Cecidophyopsis inter-specific differences were found in seventeen(More)
The green peach aphid, Myzus persicae (Sulzer), is a world-wide insect pest capable of infesting more than 40 plant families, including many crop species. However, despite the significant damage inflicted by M. persicae in agricultural systems through direct feeding damage and by its ability to transmit plant viruses, limited genomic information is(More)
We report variation in the rDNA internal transcribed spacers (ITSs) of aphid species, the first for these insects. Variation at 6 sites within ITS1 sequences of the green peach aphid, Myzus persicae, identified two haplotypes coexisting within the same individuals, indicating that molecular drive has not homogenised different copies of rDNA. During this(More)
Wolbachia are maternally inherited bacteria responsible for altering host reproduction. The two main groups found in insects, A and B, are based on molecular characterization using ribosomal, ftsZ, wsp (Wolbachia surface protein) or groE genes. We have used the wsp and ftsZ genes to study Wolbachia in byturid beetles. Byturus affinis contained a single copy(More)
The ribosomal DNA cistron from the large raspberry aphid, Amphorophora idaei (Hemiptera: Aphididae), has been mapped by restriction analysis. The results showed that the map of A. idaei was similar to those of the previously characterized aphids Schizaphis graminum and Acyrthosiphon pisum. An extra Bgl II site was found in some of the ribosomal DNA(More)
A PCR multiplex technique was developed for identifying Cecidophyopsis mites using species-specific differences in rDNA ITS-1 sequences. Four PCR primers derived from ITS-1 were used for the simultaneous amplification (multiplex PCR) of interspecifically variable simple sequence repeats (vSSRs). Mites were identified by electrophoresing PCR products(More)
Potato is produced on all continents except Antarctica and is the world’s third most important food crop. Potato production has increased dramatically in developing countries in the past two decades, and has now overtaken that in the developed world, underlining the growing importance of potato as a staple food crop to meet the demands of increasing human(More)
A stage-specific protein has been identified in gametocytes of Plasmodium falciparum. The protein is represented on two-dimensional electrophoresis by peptides of two apparent Mr of 27,000 and 25,000, each of which has at least four different isoelectric points between pH 6.0 and 5.0. The protein is designated Pfg 27/25 (P. falciparum gametocyte-specific(More)