Hessian Fly Genome Project
About the Project
2009 Sep 01
Hessian Fly Assembly v0.5
The BCM-HGSC is sequencing the Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor) in collaboration with Jeff Stuart at Purdue University funded by the USDA. The Hessian fly has a small genome (158 Mb) and polytene chromosomes. It is the world’s most important pest of wheat and a reemerging pest in the United States. It is also a representative of other insect pest species in the dipteran family Cecidomyiidae, and a representative of plant parasites.
The Hessian fly has one of the most detailed physical maps of any insect genome. This whole genome shotgun sequencing project is applying the 454 sequencing platform, to take advantage of lower cost relative to traditional Sanger sequencing.
Funding for this project has been provided by: the USDA (CRESS award 2008-35302-18816)
Access to the Data
Hessian Fly assembly version 1.0 is now available at Genbank.
In collaboration with Jeff Stuart we anchored approximately 60% of the genome to a physical genetic map. (Note: There are 4 chromosomes, A1, A2, X1 and X2. A1.3 is the third large sequence placed on Chromosome A1)
An additional Blast server is available at KSU.
Version 0.5 of the assembly, Mdes_0.5 is available for download using the FTP Data link in the sidebar. The assembly is described in detail in the README in that directory. Mdes_0.5 is a preliminary genome assembly that has not been localized to chromosomes.
Details about the physical map can be found here.
The BLAST link is located in the sidebar.