Hierarchical genetic structure of the introduced wasp Vespula germanica in Australia

Goodisman, Michael D., Matthews, Robert W., and Crozier, Ross H. (2001) Hierarchical genetic structure of the introduced wasp Vespula germanica in Australia. Molecular Ecology, 10 (6). pp. 1423-1432.

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The wasp Vespula germanica is a highly successful invasive pest. This study examined the population genetic structure of V. germanica in its introduced range in Australia. We sampled 1320 workers and 376 males from 141 nests obtained from three widely separated geographical areas on the Australian mainland and one on the island of Tasmania. The genotypes of all wasps were assayed at three polymorphic DNA microsatellite markers. Our analyses uncovered significant allelic differentiation among all four V. germanica populations. Pairwise estimates of genetic divergence between populations agreed with the results of a model-based clustering algorithm which indicated that the Tasmanian population was particularly distinct from the other populations. Within-population analyses revealed that genetic similarity declined with spatial distance, indicating that wasps from nests separated by more than ~25 km belonged to separate mating pools. We suggest that the observed genetic patterns resulted from frequent bottlenecks experienced by the V. germanica populations during their colonization of Australia.

Item ID: 13347
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-294X
Keywords: DNA microsatellite; introduced species; migration; social insects; yellowjacket wasp
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2013 04:41
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0604 Genetics > 060411 Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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