Molecular identification of edible insects of Nagaland
Lipoktola Tzudir, Murali Markandan
Entomophagy practices should rely on proper identification of insects, which are usually classified relying on morphological keys and traditional knowledge practices. This may lead to misidentification of edible insects. Hence, the present study, DNA barcoding was used to identify and documentation of edible insects. In the primary study 7 edible insects were collected and identify by morphological and confirmed by DNA barcoding method and the species level confirm through phylogenic analysis using BLAST. COI gene sequence was submitted to Gene Bank under the accession Number Choroedocus illustris (MN82982), Chondracris rosea (MN829822), Samia ricini (MN829823), Tagasta indica (MN829824): Tessaratoma papillosa (MT009020), Batocera rubus larva (MT089705)and Odontotermes longignathus (MT009019).