Faculty Advisor

Buckholt, Michael Allan

Faculty Advisor

Mathews, Lauren M.

Abstract

The common bean, or Phaseolus vulgaris, is used often in both agriculture and scientific research, but the plant is frequently found infested with the insect pest Aphis fabae, the black bean aphid. The current project is the beginning of an endeavor to research the evolutionary relationship between the parasite and host. We hypothesize that tolerance to infestation by the black bean aphid in the common bean is a genetically heritable trait, allowing the plant to reproduce successfully.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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