DNA Barcode Efficacy for the Identification of Economically Important Scale Insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) in South Africa

@inproceedings{Sethusa2014DNABE,
  title={DNA Barcode Efficacy for the Identification of Economically Important Scale Insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) in South Africa},
  author={Mamadi Theresa Sethusa and Ian M. Millar and Kowiyou Yessoufou and Adriaana Jacobs and Michelle van der Bank and Herman van der Bank},
  year={2014}
}
Scale insects (Sternorrhyncha: Coccoidea) are one of the most invasive groups of insects. They are sedentary, cryptic, and often resemble the plant parts that they feed on. This coupled with increased international trade in fresh agricultural produce, makes them a major quarantine risk. An important limitation in controlling these pests involves species identification. When scale insects are intercepted on imported produce, they must be rapidly and accurately identified, using morphology-based… 

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