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Varroa destructor

Overview

The ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor, of the mite order Mesostigmata, originated in Asia as a pest of the Asian honey bee (Apis cerana).  However, subsequent to making a host switch and becoming a primary parasite of the domesticated Western honey bee (Apis mellifera), it has successfully spread almost worldwide and is considered the most damaging pest to beekeeping.  V. destructor is an obligate parasite of immature and adult bees, and is a confirmed vector of viral pathogens important for bee health.
Genomic and transcriptomic data from V. destructor and its sister species Varroa jacobsoni, which also recently switched hosts, will allow for a comparative approach to understanding the mechanisms underlying host switches and enable population genomics studies aiming to reconstruct global demographic history and dispersal of V. destructor.

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Image Credit: Maeva Techer, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Assembly Information

Analysis Name
Varroa destructor genome assembly Vdes_3.0 (GCF_002443255.1)
Software
Newbler v. 2.6; pbjelly v. 15.8.24
Source
SAMD00093521
Date performed
2017-09-27
Materials & Methods

Sequencing platform and version: PacBio RSII; Illumina HiSeq 2500

 

For PacBio RSII data

- Geo location: 26.477 N 127.835 E, Japan:Okinawa, OIST, Sea Side apiary

- Tissues/Life stages included: whole mites, 1207 Varroa destructor mites pooled

- Sex: females

- Strain: Korean

- Other notes: collected on Apis mellifera

 

For Illumina HiSeq 2500

- Geo location: 26.477 N 127.835 E, Japan:Okinawa, OIST, Sea Side apiary

- Tissues/Life stages included: whole mite, one adult reproductive mite

- Sex: male

- Strain: Korean

- Other notes: collected within one Apis mellifera worker red eye pupae capped cell

 

Data source URL:

- ftp://ftp.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genomes/Varroa_destructor/

- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/biosample/7714100

- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/biosample/7714098

- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/biosample/7714099

Assembly Metrics

Contig N50
NA
Scaffold N50
58,536,683
GC Content
35.82

Data Files

NameLast modifiedSize
folder-parentParent Directory
folderCurrent Genome Assembly2018-09-19 19:29
folderVdes_3.02018-09-19 19:29