Heather Beetles (Lochmaea suturalis) are a biocontrol insect used to control the invasive weed 'Heather' (Calluna vulgaris) in New Zealand. The goal of this project was to develop microsatellite markers for heather beetles to investigate their population genetics.
Harman H.M, Weir B.S, Well, S.J, and R.L.J. Howitt (2009) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci from Lochmaea suturalis, the heather beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), a pest in Europe and a biocontrol agent in New Zealand. Molecular Ecology Resources. 9(2):594–596. doi:10.1111/j.1755-0998.2008.02448.x.