May 4, 2012 - Current research by the USDA is exploring the concept of "DNA barcoding," which allows researchers to be able to identify a species by a specific part of its genome.
According to an article published on the USDA website, the research is exploring potential predators for insects that damage crops such as as wheat, barley and potatoes. The research at the Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory in Beltsville, Md., is specifically looking at solutions to the Colorado potato beetle, which is the single most damaging insect pest of potatoes in the Eastern United States.
By analyzing potato beetle remnants in predator guts, the researchers hope to identify the best predators to control the pervasive pest.
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