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Microplitis demolitor is a parasitoid wasp in the hymenopteran family Braconidae. It is native to eastern Australia but has been introduced into the United States as a biological control agent . M. demolitor parasitizes several species of Lepidoptera that are important agricultural pests including Helicoverpa punctigera, H. armigera, and Chrysodeixis includens [1,2]. Female M. demolitor parasitize the larval stage of host species by laying one or more eggs into the body cavity (hemocoel). After hatching, wasp larvae develop by primarily feeding on blood. Usually a single mature wasp larva emerges from the host in 7-8 days to spin a cocoon and pupate followed by emergence of an adult wasp several days later.
Like most Hymenoptera, M. demolitor is haplo-diploid with unfertilized eggs developing into males and fertilized eggs developing into females . M. demolitor also belongs to a complex in the family Braconidae that carry symbiotic viruses in the genus Bracovirus . M. demolitor bracovirus (MdBV) persists as a provirus in every individual while replicating specifically in females. Female M. demolitor inject MdBV into hosts when laying eggs. The virus thereafter infects different cells of the host larva and expresses genes that the wasp offspring rely upon for successful development .
|Microplitis demolitor genome assembly Mdem2 (GCF_000572035.2)||SOAPdenovo||Dec 2nd, 2013|
|Infected Trichoplusia ni||hisat2||Mar 11th, 2018|
|Infected Chrysodeixis includens||hisat2||Mar 11th, 2018|
|Infected Chrysodeixis includens hemocytes||hisat2||Mar 11th, 2018|
|NCBI Microplitis demolitor Annotation Release 101||NCBI Eukaryotic Genome Annotation Pipeline||Oct 19th, 2015|
|Microplitis demolitor ovary DNA||bwa||Mar 2nd, 2018|
|Microplitis demolitor bracovirus DNA||bwa||Mar 2nd, 2018|
|Microplitis demolitor Official Gene Set micdem_OGSv1.0||i5k Workspace OGS generation pipeline||Mar 2nd, 2021|
|Functional annotation of NCBI Microplitis demolitor Annotation Release 101||AgBase functional annotation pipeline||Apr 22nd, 2022|