Comparative analysis of three spider mite genomes: uncovering genomic signatures to explain different feeding models of major agricultural pests

01 October 2014 → 30 September 2018
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Other chemical sciences
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural animal production
    • Food sciences and (bio)technology
spite mite adaptations pest control comparative genomics
Project description

Spider mites represent a group of cosmopolitan agricultural pests with an extensive host plant range and extreme pesticide resistance. The Tetranychus urticae genome has revealed important herbivorous pest adaptations and plant-herbivore interactions. Through comparative analysis with Tetranychus lintearius and Tetranychus evansi genomes, we are hoping to uncover genome signatures that explain different feeding models of these major agricultural pests.