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The emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is a relatively new invasive pest that has killed millions of North American ash (Fraxinus spp.) trees in both managed and natural forests of northeastern and Midwestern states since its discovery in 2002.

EAB has invaded 15 states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin) and two Canadian provinces (Ontario and Quebec).

Economic cost of potential EAB damage to ash trees has been recently estimated to reach more than $10 billion wi... [more]

The Asian long-horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) (ALB) is an invasive pest from Asia that came to Canada, the United States and Europe concealed in solid wood packing material.

It is a serious threat to deciduous hardwood trees in urban, suburban, and forested parts of the country. Larvae bore into a tree's heartwood, damaging and eventually killing the tree. If it became widely established in North America (it is already established locally), it could be one of the most destructive and costly invasive species ever (USDA Program Aid No.1655). This is target of current USDA eradication efforts.

These beetle... [more]

No genome information of primitive hymenoptera (Symphyta, sawfly) is available vs higher suborder (Apocrita, Apis, Nasonia etc.). This species is a hymenopteran model maintained in laboratory through year.

Tools such that transgenesis, systemic RNAi, artificial egg activation, artificial fertilization by cryopreserved sperm injection, etc. are established.

DNA from a single haploid male (10-15 microgram/male) and from haploid offspring from a single mother (30-50 males) are available anytime.

Data were generated by the Baylor College of Medicine's i5k pi... [more]

Cockroaches. Cockroaches were so plentiful in the Carboniferous period that this late Paleozoic era is sometimes referred to as “The Age of Cockroaches.”

There are about 4,500 species of cockroaches in 515 genera, but many more remain to be named. The genus Blattella contains 51 species.

In the 375 years since its original description, the German cockroach has had 23 scientific names, including several in the genera Blatta, Ectobius, Phyllodromia, Ischnoptera, and Eublattella.

Blattella asahinai (Asian cockroach) is most closely related to B. germanica and in the laboratory the two hyb... [more]

The japygid Catajapyx aquilonaris is a blind predator of the soil. Like Protura (Acerentomon maius) and Collembola (Sminthurus viridis), Diplura lack wings, mirroring the wingless insect ancestor. Like in all primarily wingless hexapods, sperms are not transferred directly during copulation. Males rather deposit a spermatophore on the ground and females subsequently take the spermatophore up.

Diplura are critical for understanding the evolutionary origin of Hexapoda (e.g., terrestrialization), the evolutionary origin of wings (ancestral condition in Diplura), and the evolution of direct sperm transfer (ances... [more]

Provides appropriate phylogenetic sampling across diversity of class Arachnida.

Data were generated by the Baylor College of Medicine's i5k pilot project.

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The medfly has been an established lab organism for several decades, and is notable as being the closest non-drosophilid relative to Drosophila subject to genetic analysis, with broad chromosomal syntenic relationships established. It is also one of the most important agricultural pests worldwide due to its broad plant host range throughout tropical and sub-tropical regions.

Genetic studies have been driven by efforts to use genetic manipulation to improve the sterile insect technique which is used to control medfly and several other tephritid species through multi-tactical integrated pest management approaches. It was among the ... [more]

Potentially lethal toxin. Model organism for understanding dermonecrotic envenomation (sphingomylinase D). Focus of research to understand neurotic fractions in venom. Provides appropriate phylogenetic sampling across diversity of order Araneae.

Data were generated by the Baylor College of Medicine's i5k pilot project.

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Copidosoma floridanum is the best studied insect that undergoes polyembryonic development. Its development is highly novel and has also evolved a caste (social) system by novel mechanism.

Particularly unique is this species produces >2000 clonal progeny per egg that are genetically identical. This unique feature of development provides an enormous quantity of DNA for full genome sequencing that derives from a single male (haploid) egg. The technical advantage this provides is unrivaled by any other parasitic hymenopteran.

The species is in continuous culture such that material is immediately available. The species is im... [more]

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The Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, is a sap-sucking, hemipteran bug in the family, Psyllidae. It is an important pest of citrus, as it is one of only two confirmed vectors of the serious citrus disease, Huanglongbing or greening disease (Lallemand, J., A. Fos, and J. M. Bové. 1986. Transmission de la bacterie associé à la forme africaine de la maladie du “greening” par le psylle asiatique Diaphorina citri Kuwayama. Fruits 41: 341-343.)

It is widely distributed in southern Asia and has spread to other citrus growing regions.

Source: English Wikipedia Species Pages<... [more]

As part of the Drosophila modENCODE project, the Baylor College of Medicine is studying the comparative genomics of eight additional species of Drosophila: biarmipes, bipectinata, elegans, eugracillis, ficusphila, kikkawai, rhopaloa, and takahashii.

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As part of the Drosophila modENCODE project, the Baylor College of Medicine is studying the comparative genomics of eight additional species of Drosophila: biarmipes, bipectinata, elegans, eugracillis, ficusphila, kikkawai, rhopaloa, and takahashii.

View the Baylor College of Medicine's data sharing policy.

As part of the Drosophila modENCODE project, the Baylor College of Medicine is studying the comparative genomics of eight additional species of Drosophila: biarmipes, bipectinata, elegans, eugracillis, ficusphila, kikkawai, rhopaloa, and takahashii.

View the Baylor College of Medicine's data sharing policy.

As part of the Drosophila modENCODE project, the Baylor College of Medicine is studying the comparative genomics of eight additional species of Drosophila: biarmipes, bipectinata, elegans, eugracillis, ficusphila, kikkawai, rhopaloa, and takahashii.

View the Baylor College of Medicine's data sharing policy.

As part of the Drosophila modENCODE project, the Baylor College of Medicine is studying the comparative genomics of eight additional species of Drosophila: biarmipes, bipectinata, elegans, eugracillis, ficusphila, kikkawai, rhopaloa, and takahashii.

View the Baylor College of Medicine's data sharing policy.

As part of the Drosophila modENCODE project, the Baylor College of Medicine is studying the comparative genomics of eight additional species of Drosophila: biarmipes, bipectinata, elegans, eugracillis, ficusphila, kikkawai, rhopaloa, and takahashii.

View the Baylor College of Medicine's data sharing policy.

As part of the Drosophila modENCODE project, the Baylor College of Medicine is studying the comparative genomics of eight additional species of Drosophila: biarmipes, bipectinata, elegans, eugracillis, ficusphila, kikkawai, rhopaloa, and takahashii.

View the Baylor College of Medicine's data sharing policy.

As part of the Drosophila modENCODE project, the Baylor College of Medicine is studying the comparative genomics of eight additional species of Drosophila: biarmipes, bipectinata, elegans, eugracillis, ficusphila, kikkawai, rhopaloa, and takahashii.

View the Baylor College of Medicine's data sharing policy.

The mayfly Ephemera danica occurs in Central Europe in creeks and rivers with a high water quality. Its larvae feed on detritus. Its adults do not ingest any more and only live 2-4 days. During this time, the adult mayflies have to find a mating partner, mate, and deposit eggs.

Ephemeroptera are considered as one of the earliest lineages of flying insects. As such, mayflies play an important role for understanding the evolutionary roots of flight, one of the most important and dramatic steps in the evolutionary history of insects. Despite their highly interesting systematic position, genomic data of mayflies are scarce. The i5K i... [more]

Copepods form the largest biomass of metazoans in the world’s oceans, and dominate zooplankton assemblages in nearshore environments. In particular, the copepod Eurytemora affinis has an enormous biomass (10^4-10^5/m3) in many coastal systems worldwide, including the Gulf of Mexico, St. Lawrence, Chesapeake Bay, Columbia River estuary, Baltic Sea, and estuaries of Europe. This copepod is a dominant grazer of algae and major food source for some of the world's most important fisheries, such as herring, anchovy, salmon, and flounder. Given the numerical dominance of E. affinis in coastal waters, with estimated census sizes in... [more]

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