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The draft genome of whitefly Bemisia tabaci MEAM1, a global crop pest, provides novel insights into virus transmission, host adaptation, and insecticide resistance

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Biology, December 2016
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6 news outlets
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1 blog
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38 tweeters
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Title
The draft genome of whitefly Bemisia tabaci MEAM1, a global crop pest, provides novel insights into virus transmission, host adaptation, and insecticide resistance
Published in
BMC Biology, December 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12915-016-0321-y
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Authors

Wenbo Chen, Daniel K. Hasegawa, Navneet Kaur, Adi Kliot, Patricia Valle Pinheiro, Junbo Luan, Marcus C. Stensmyr, Yi Zheng, Wenli Liu, Honghe Sun, Yimin Xu, Yuan Luo, Angela Kruse, Xiaowei Yang, Svetlana Kontsedalov, Galina Lebedev, Tonja W. Fisher, David R. Nelson, Wayne B. Hunter, Judith K. Brown, Georg Jander, Michelle Cilia, Angela E. Douglas, Murad Ghanim, Alvin M. Simmons, William M. Wintermantel, Kai-Shu Ling, Zhangjun Fei

Abstract

The whitefly Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) is among the 100 worst invasive species in the world. As one of the most important crop pests and virus vectors, B. tabaci causes substantial crop losses and poses a serious threat to global food security. We report the 615-Mb high-quality genome sequence of B. tabaci Middle East-Asia Minor 1 (MEAM1), the first genome sequence in the Aleyrodidae family, which contains 15,664 protein-coding genes. The B. tabaci genome is highly divergent from other sequenced hemipteran genomes, sharing no detectable synteny. A number of known detoxification gene families, including cytochrome P450s and UDP-glucuronosyltransferases, are significantly expanded in B. tabaci. Other expanded gene families, including cathepsins, large clusters of tandemly duplicated B. tabaci-specific genes, and phosphatidylethanolamine-binding proteins (PEBPs), were found to be associated with virus acquisition and transmission and/or insecticide resistance, likely contributing to the global invasiveness and efficient virus transmission capacity of B. tabaci. The presence of 142 horizontally transferred genes from bacteria or fungi in the B. tabaci genome, including genes encoding hopanoid/sterol synthesis and xenobiotic detoxification enzymes that are not present in other insects, offers novel insights into the unique biological adaptations of this insect such as polyphagy and insecticide resistance. Interestingly, two adjacent bacterial pantothenate biosynthesis genes, panB and panC, have been co-transferred into B. tabaci and fused into a single gene that has acquired introns during its evolution. The B. tabaci genome contains numerous genetic novelties, including expansions in gene families associated with insecticide resistance, detoxification and virus transmission, as well as numerous horizontally transferred genes from bacteria and fungi. We believe these novelties likely have shaped B. tabaci as a highly invasive polyphagous crop pest and efficient vector of plant viruses. The genome serves as a reference for resolving the B. tabaci cryptic species complex, understanding fundamental biological novelties, and providing valuable genetic information to assist the development of novel strategies for controlling whiteflies and the viruses they transmit.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 1%
Czechia 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Unknown 192 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 41 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 37 19%
Student > Master 26 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 17 9%
Professor 11 6%
Other 34 17%
Unknown 32 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 103 52%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 32 16%
Environmental Science 5 3%
Engineering 2 1%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 1%
Other 8 4%
Unknown 46 23%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 74. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 10 February 2020.
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#376,589
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