Genetic variation in the mitochondrial 16S ribosomal RNA gene of Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae).

TitleGenetic variation in the mitochondrial 16S ribosomal RNA gene of Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae).
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsKrakowetz CN, Lindsay LR, Chilton NB
JournalParasit Vectors
Volume7
Start Page530
Date Published11/2014
KeywordsGenetic variation, Ixodes scapularis, Mitochondrial 16S rRNA gene, Phylogeography, Population genetics, Secondary structure
Abstract

There is considerable genetic variation in the mt 16S rRNA gene of I. scapularis. There is some evidence to support the hypothesis that some lineages of I. scapularis in the Atlantic and Central Provinces of Canada may be derived from colonizing individuals originating in the Northeast of the United States, whereas those in the Prairie Provinces may be derived from individuals originating in the Midwest of the United States. However, additional genetic markers are needed to test hypotheses concerning the geographical origins of I. scapularis in Canada.

URLhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4258262/
DOI10.1186/s13071-014-0530-6