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We are currently in a third era of human impact on global species diversity. One of the consequences of human trade in recent years has been the dispersal, intentionally and unintentionally of species to non-native ranges. First introduced in 1996 Halys halymorpha (Brown Marmorated Stink Bug) is an invasive species in America that has significant economic impact. Our understanding of the genetic diversity in Brown BMSB is currently in its infancy. This senior project used the genetic tool rapid amplification of polymorphic DNA (RAPD) to look at BMSB populations in South Eastern New York. Though none of the primers used in this study indicated previously unknown diversity the BMSB system is a species on the threshold of being a major threat to American food safety and agricultural economics that will require further study.
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Burke, Griffin, "RAPD Analysis As A Tool in Diagnosing New York State Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Pest Species Diversity" (2015). Senior Projects Spring 2015. 121.