Natural variation and Biogeography of the melon fruit fly, Zeugodacus cucurbitae (Diptera : Tephritidae), in Southeast-Asia and the west-pacific

Boontop, Yuvarin (2016) Natural variation and Biogeography of the melon fruit fly, Zeugodacus cucurbitae (Diptera : Tephritidae), in Southeast-Asia and the west-pacific. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis used multidisciplinary approaches which greatly enhance our understanding of population structure and can be particularly powerful tools for resolving variation of melon fly over geographic and temporal scales, and for determining invasive pathways. The results from this thesis reinforce the value of integrating multiple data sets to better understand and resolve natural variation within an important pest to determine whether there are cryptic species, discrete lineages or host races, and to identify dispersal pathways in an invasive pest. These results are instructive for regional biosecurity, trade and quarantine, and provide important background for future area-wide management programmes. The integrative methodology adopted in this thesis is applicable to a variety of other insect pests.

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ID Code: 93694
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Schutze, Mark, Clarke, Anthony, Cameron, Stephen, & Krosch, Matthew
Keywords: Natural variation, biogeography, melon fly, Zeugodacus cucurbitae, Southeast-Asia, The West-Pacific, integrative taxonomy, geometric morphometrics, aedeagus analysis, microsatellites
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2016 23:03
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 23:03

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