Journal article

A heterozygous moth genome provides insights into herbivory and detoxification.

Minsheng You, Zhen Yue, Weiyi He, Xinhua Yang, Guang Yang, Miao Xie, Dongliang Zhan, Simon W Baxter, Liette Vasseur, Geoff M Gurr, Carl J Douglas, Jianlin Bai, Ping Wang, Kai Cui, Shiguo Huang, Xianchun Li, Qing Zhou, Zhangyan Wu, Qilin Chen, Chunhui Liu Show all

Nature Genetics | Published : 2013

Abstract

How an insect evolves to become a successful herbivore is of profound biological and practical importance. Herbivores are often adapted to feed on a specific group of evolutionarily and biochemically related host plants, but the genetic and molecular bases for adaptation to plant defense compounds remain poorly understood. We report the first whole-genome sequence of a basal lepidopteran species, Plutella xylostella, which contains 18,071 protein-coding and 1,412 unique genes with an expansion of gene families associated with perception and the detoxification of plant defense compounds. A recent expansion of retrotransposons near detoxification-related genes and a wider system used in the me..

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