PUSLITBANGBUN NEWS – Brontispa Longissima is one of the limiting factors in increasing coconut production, so its presence needs to be controlled wisely. These pests are genetically divided into two clades ( Asian and Pacific clades ).
The genetic diversity of B. longissima can occur due to changes in the sequence of nucleotides that make up DNA or mutations, recombination, or migration of ge from one place to another. Asian clades are more adaptive to new environments, have a longer development time from eggs to the appearance of adult imago, have higher reproductive capacity and have a smaller body size compared to Pacific clades . The differences in genetic traits from Asian and Pacific clades are important information in order to identify pests in the field as a scientific foundation in developing control strategies.
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Related information: Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development Vol. 25 No. 3, 2019