The complete genome assemblies of 19 insect pests of worldwide importance to agriculture

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King, R., Buer, B., Davies, T. G. E., Ganko, E., Guest, M., Hassani-Pak, K., Hughes, D. J., Raming, K., Rawlings, C. J., Williamson, M. S., Crossthwaite, A., Nauen, R. and Field, L. M. 2023. The complete genome assemblies of 19 insect pests of worldwide importance to agriculture. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology. 191, p. 105339. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pestbp.2023.105339

AuthorsKing, R., Buer, B., Davies, T. G. E., Ganko, E., Guest, M., Hassani-Pak, K., Hughes, D. J., Raming, K., Rawlings, C. J., Williamson, M. S., Crossthwaite, A., Nauen, R. and Field, L. M.
Abstract

There are many insect pests worldwide that damage agricultural crop and reduce yield either by direct feeding or by the transmission of plant diseases. To date, control of pest insects has been achieved largely by applying synthetic insecticides. However, insecticide use can be seriously impacted by legislation that limits their use or by the evolution of resistance in the target pest. Thus, there is a move towards less use of insecticides and increased adoption of integrated pest management strategies using a wide range of non-chemical and chemical control methods. For good pest control there is a need to understand the mode of action and selectivity of insecticides, the life cycles of the pests and their biology and behaviours, all of which can benefit from good quality genome data. Here we present the complete assembled (chromosome level) genomes (incl. mtDNA) of 19 insect pests, Agriotes lineatus (click beetle/wireworm), Aphis gossypii (melon/cotton aphid), Bemisia tabaci (cotton whitefly), Brassicogethes aeneus (pollen beetle), Ceutorhynchus obstrictus (seedpod weevil), Chilo suppressalis (striped rice stem borer), Chrysodeixis includens (soybean looper), Diabrotica balteata (cucumber beetle), Diatraea saccharalis (sugar cane borer), Nezara viridula (green stink bug), Nilaparvata lugens (brown plant hopper), Phaedon cochleariae (mustard beetle), Phyllotreta striolata (striped flea beetle), Psylliodes chrysocephala (cabbage stem flea beetle), Spodoptera exigua (beet army worm), Spodoptera littoralis (cotton leaf worm), Diabrotica virgifera (western corn root worm), Euschistus heros (brown stink bug) and Phyllotreta cruciferae (crucifer flea beetle). For the first 15 of these we also present the annotation of genes encoding potential xenobiotic detoxification enzymes. This public resource will aid in the elucidation and monitoring of resistance mechanisms, the development of highly selective chemistry and potential techniques to disrupt behaviour in a way that limits the effect of the pests.

KeywordsInsects ; Pests ; Agriculture; Genomes; Detoxification; Assemblies
Year of Publication2023
JournalPesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
Journal citation191, p. 105339
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pestbp.2023.105339
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeBBSRC Strategic Programme in Smart Crop Protection
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online13 Jan 2023
Publication process dates
Accepted10 Jan 2023
PublisherElsevier
ISSN0048-3575

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