Conservation Genetics

, 10:1373 | Cite as

Characterization of expressed sequence tag (EST)-derived microsatellite loci in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

  • Zeng-Qiang Qian
  • Y. Ching Crozier
  • Birgit C. Schlick-Steiner
  • Florian M. Steiner
  • Ross H. Crozier
Technical Note

Abstract

The fire ant Solenopsis invicta has received considerable attention as a damaging invasive pest. In the present study, 12 polymorphic microsatellite loci were developed from publicly available expressed sequence tags (ESTs) of S. invicta. The number of alleles varied between 3 and 12, with an average of 6.42 per locus. The observed and expected heterozygosities ranged from 0.4167 to 1.0000 and from 0.3446 to 0.8543, respectively. These informative EST-derived microsatellite loci provide a powerful complementary tool for genetic studies of S. invicta.

Keywords

Fire ants Solenopsis invicta Expressed sequence tags EST-SSRs Microsatellites 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zeng-Qiang Qian
    • 1
  • Y. Ching Crozier
    • 1
  • Birgit C. Schlick-Steiner
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Florian M. Steiner
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ross H. Crozier
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Marine and Tropical Biology and Comparative Genomics CentreJames Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Institute of Zoology, Department of Integrative Biology and Biodiversity Research, BokuUniversity of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences ViennaViennaAustria
  3. 3.Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection, Department of Forest and Soil SciencesUniversity of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences ViennaViennaAustria

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