Diversity of Subterranean Termites in South India Based on COI GeneSrinivasa murthy KS*, Yeda lubna banu and Ramakrishna P
Division of Molecular Entomology, ICAR-NBAIR, India
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- Srinivasa murthy KS
Division of Molecular Entomology
ICAR-NBAIR, Karnataka, 560024, India
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Received date: June 27, 2016; Accepted date: April 04, 2017; Published date: April 10, 2017
Citation: Murthy KSS, Banu Yl, Ramakrishna P (2017) Diversity of Subterranean Termites in South India Based on COI Gene. J Biodivers Biopros Dev 4:161. doi: 10.4172/2376-0214.1000161
Copyright: © 2015 Murthy KSS, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The diversity of subterranean termites collected from various locations in South India were characterised based on the COI gene using specific primers. Sequence analysis and divergence among the species was assessed. Genbank accession numbers were obtained for the different species. Phylogenetic tree based on neighbour- joining method was drawn on the basis of multiple sequence alignment, which revealed clustering of individuals according to the genera. Among the species, Odontotermes longignathus was more prevalent than others. The utility of COI gene to study the systematics of termites, their evolution and relatedness that would have implication on their management is discussed.