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Published: 2023-03-30

Molecular and morphological studies on the genus Pseudococcus Westwood (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha: Pseudococcidae) in Turkey

Biotechnology Application and Research Centre, Çukurova University, Balcalı, Adana, Turkey
Yüzüncü Yıl University, Agriculture Faculty, Plant Protection Department, Van, Turkey
Aydın Adnan Menderes University, Sultanhisar Vocational School, Program of Plant Production, Aydın, Turkey
Sección Entomología, Instituto Biología, Facultad De Ciencias; Departamento de Protección Vegetal, Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay
Mealybugs Pseudococcinae Pseudococcini scale insects

Abstract

Mealybugs (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha: Pseudococcidae) include economically important insect pests worldwide. Pseudococcus Westwood is the second biggest genus in Pseudococcidae, with several pest species. Pseudococcus adult females were collected and identified from wild and cultivated plants in Turkey. Molecular and morphological characters were analyzed to investigate the relationship among species. It was recognized that Pseudoccoccus species are shown in three distinctive groups concerning to both morphological and molecular aspects.

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