African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5210

Short Communication

Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci from the Chinese white wax scale Ericerus pela Chavannes (Homopetera: Coccidae)

Pu Yang1, Jiaying Zhu2, Xiaoming Chen1* and Meng Li1
  1Research Institute of Resources Insects, Chinese Academy of Forestry, The Key laboratory of Cultivating and Utilization of Resources Insects of State Forestry Administration, Kunming, Yunnan, 650224, China. 2Key Laboratory of Forest Disaster Warning and Control of Yunnan Province, Faculty of Conservation Biology, Southwest Forestry University, Kunming, Yunnan, 650224, China.
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  •  Accepted: 28 March 2011
  •  Published: 18 May 2011



Eight microsatellite loci were isolated using an enrichment protocol from Ericerus pelaChavannes, representing the first microsatellite loci available for the white wax scale. All loci were polymorphic within E. pela. Allele numbers range from six to eleven with the observed heterozygosity (HO) ranging from 0.0000 to 1.0000. These primers screened in this study provide a foundation for population genetic studies of the white wax scale.


Key words: Microsatellite marker, white wax scale, population genetic.