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  • Genome Landscape and Evolutionary Plasticity of Chromosomes in Malaria Mosquitoes 

    Xia, Ai; Sharakhova, Maria V.; Leman, Scotland C.; Tu, Zhijian; Bailey, Jeffrey A.; Smith, Christopher D.; Sharakhov, Igor V. (PLOS, 2010)
    Background: Nonrandom distribution of rearrangements is a common feature of eukaryotic chromosomes that is not well understood in terms of genome organization and evolution. In the major African malaria vector Anopheles ...
  • Pest management with biopesticides 

    Seiber, James N.; Coats, Joel; Duke, Stephen O.; Gross, Aaron D. (Higher Education Press, 2018)
    Biopesticides are attracting interest as alternatives to conventional pesticides but without many of the non-target effects, promising a better record of safety and sustainability in pest control practices. In this article ...
  • Integrating transcriptomic and proteomic data for accurate assembly and annotation of genomes 

    Prasad, T. S. Keshava; Mohanty, Ajeet Kumar; Kumar, Manish; Sreenivasamurthy, Sreelakshmi K.; Dey, Gourav; Nirujogi, Raja Sekhar; Pinto, Sneha M.; Madugundu, Anil K.; Pati, Arun H.; Advani, Jayshree; Manda, Srikanth S.; Gupta, Manoj Kumar; Dwivedi, Sutopa B.; Kelkar, Dhanashree S.; Hall, Brantley; Jiang, Xiaofang; Peery, Ashley; Rajagopalan, Pavithra; Yelamanchi, Soujanya D.; Solanki, Hitendra S.; Raja, Remya; Sathe, Gajanan J.; Chavan, Sandip; Verma, Renu; Patel, Krishna M.; Jain, Ankit P.; Syed, Nazia; Datta, Keshava K.; Khan, Aafaque Ahmed; Dammalli, Manjunath; Jayaram, Savita; Radhakrishnan, Aneesha; Mitchell, Christopher J.; Na, Chan-Hyun; Kumar, Nirbhay; Sinnis, Photini; Sharakhov, Igor V.; Wang, Charles; Gowda, Harsha; Tu, Zhijian; Kumar, Ashwani; Pandey, Akhilesh (2017-01)
    Complementing genome sequence with deep transcriptome and proteome data could enable more accurate assembly and annotation of newly sequenced genomes. Here, we provide a proof-of-concept of an integrated approach for ...
  • De novo formation of an aggregation pheromone precursor by an isoprenyl diphosphate synthase-related terpene synthase in the harlequin bug 

    Lancaster, Jason; Khrimian, Ashot; Young, Sharon; Lehner, Bryan; Luck, Katrin; Wallingford, Anna; Ghosh, Saikat Kumar B.; Zerbe, Philipp; Muchlinski, Andrew; Marek, Paul E.; Sparks, Michael E.; Tokuhisa, James G.; Tittiger, Claus; Koellner, Tobias G.; Weber, Donald C.; Gundersen-Rindal, Dawn E.; Kuhar, Thomas P.; Tholl, Dorothea (2018-09-11)
    Insects use a diverse array of specialized terpene metabolites as pheromones in intraspecific interactions. In contrast to plants and microbes, which employ enzymes called terpene synthases (TPSs) to synthesize terpene ...
  • Improved reference genome of Aedes aegypti informs arbovirus vector control 

    Matthews, Benjamin J.; Dudchenko, Olga; Kingan, Sarah B.; Koren, Sergey; Antoshechkin, Igor; Crawford, Jacob E.; Glassford, William J.; Herre, Margaret; Redmond, Seth N.; Rose, Noah H.; Weedall, Gareth D.; Wu, Yang; Batra, Sanjit S.; Brito-Sierra, Carlos A.; Buckingham, Steven D.; Campbell, Corey L.; Chan, Saki; Cox, Eric; Evans, Benjamin R.; Fansiri, Thanyalak; Filipovic, Igor; Fontaine, Albin; Gloria-Soria, Andrea; Hall, Richard; Joardar, Vinita S.; Jones, Andrew K.; Kay, Raissa G. G.; Kodali, Vamsi K.; Lee, Joyce; Lycett, Gareth J.; Mitchell, Sara N.; Muehling, Jill; Murphy, Michael R.; Omer, Arina D.; Partridge, Frederick A.; Peluso, Paul; Aiden, Aviva Presser; Ramasamy, Vidya; Rasic, Gordana; Roy, Sourav; Saavedra-Rodriguez, Karla; Sharan, Shruti; Sharma, Atashi; Smith, Melissa Laird; Turner, Joe; Weakley, Allison M.; Zhao, Zhilei; Akbari, Omar S.; Black, William C.; Cao, Han; Darby, Alistair C.; Hill, Catherine A.; Johnston, J. Spencer; Murphy, Terence D.; Raikhel, Alexander S.; Sattelle, David B.; Sharakhov, Igor V.; White, Bradley J.; Zhao, Li; Aiden, Erez Lieberman; Mann, Richard S.; Lambrechts, Louis; Powell, Jeffrey R.; Sharakhova, Maria V.; Tu, Zhijian; Robertson, Hugh M.; McBride, Carolyn S.; Hastic, Alex R.; Korlach, Jonas; Neafsey, Daniel E.; Phillippy, Adam M.; Vosshall, Leslie B. (2018-11-22)
    Female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infect more than 400 million people each year with dangerous viral pathogens including dengue, yellow fever, Zika and chikungunya. Progress in understanding the biology of mosquitoes and ...
  • De novo profiling of RNA viruses in Anopheles malaria vector mosquitoes from forest ecological zones in Senegal and Cambodia 

    Belda, Eugeni; Nanfack-Minkeu, Ferdinand; Eiglmeier, Karin; Carissimo, Guillaume; Holm, Inge; Diallo, Mawlouth; Diallo, Diawo; Vantaux, Amélie; Kim, Saorin; Sharakhov, Igor V.; Vernick, Kenneth D. (2019-08-20)
    Abstract Background Mosquitoes are colonized by a large but mostly uncharacterized natural virome of RNA viruses, and the composition and distribution of the natural RNA virome ...
  • Cache Valley Virus in Aedes japonicus japonicus Mosquitoes, Appalachian Region, United States 

    Yang, Fan; Chan, Kevin; Marek, Paul E.; Armstrong, Philip M.; Liu, Pengcheng; Bova, Jacob E.; Bernick, Joshua N.; McMillan, Benjamin E.; Weidlich, Benjamin G.; Paulson, Sally L. (2018-03)
    We detected Cache Valley virus in Aedes japonicus, a widely distributed invasive mosquito species, in an Appalachian forest in the United States. The forest contained abundant white-tailed deer, a major host of the mosquito ...
  • La Crosse Virus in Aedes japonicus japonicus Mosquitoes in the Appalachian Region, United States 

    Harris, M. Camille; Dotseth, Eric J.; Jackson, Bryan T.; Zink, Steven D.; Marek, Paul E.; Kramer, Laura D.; Paulson, Sally L.; Hawley, Dana M. (2015-04)
    La Crosse virus (LACV), a leading cause of arboviral encephalitis in children in the United States, is emerging in Appalachia. For local arboviral surveillance, mosquitoes were tested. LACV RNA was detected and isolated ...
  • Cooler Temperatures Destabilize RNA Interference and Increase Susceptibility of Disease Vector Mosquitoes to Viral Infection 

    Adelman, Zach N.; Anderson, Michelle A. E.; Wiley, Michael R.; Murreddu, Marta G.; Samuel, Glady Hazitha; Morazzani, Elaine M.; Myles, Kevin M. (PLOS, 2013-05)
    Background: The impact of global climate change on the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases is the subject of extensive debate. The transmission of mosquito-borne viral diseases is particularly complex, with climatic ...
  • Reproductive Incompatibility Involving Senegalese Aedes aegypti (L) Is Associated with Chromosome Rearrangements 

    Dickson, Laura B.; Sharakhova, Maria V.; Timoshevskiy, Vladimir A.; Fleming, Karen L.; Caspary, Alex; Sylla, Massamba; Black, William C. (PLOS, 2016-04)
    Aedes aegypti, the primary vector of dengue, yellow fever and Zika flaviviruses, consists of at least two subspecies. Aedes aegypti (Aaa) is light in color, has pale scales on the first abdominal tergite, oviposits in ...
  • Effects of La Crosse virus infection on the host-seeking behavior and levels of two neurotransmitters in Aedes triseriatus 

    Yang, Fan; Chan, Kevin; Brewster, Carlyle C.; Paulson, Sally L. (2019-08-09)
    Abstract Background La Crosse virus (LACV) infection has been shown to manipulate the blood-feeding behaviors of its main vector, Aedes triseriatus. Here, we investigated the ...
  • Optimization of sand fly embryo microinjection for gene editing by CRISPR/Cas9 

    Martin-Martin, Ines; Aryan, Azadeh; Meneses, Claudio; Adelman, Zach N.; Calvo, Eric (PLOS, 2018-09)
    Background Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 technology has rapidly emerged as a very effective tool for gene editing. Although great advances on gene editing in the medical entomology ...
  • Faunistic inventory of Spheciformes wasps at three protected areas in Portugal 

    Vieira, L. C.; Oliveira, N. G.; Brewster, C. C.; Gayubo, S. F. (Entomological Society of America, 2013-10-26)
    The importance of considering insects in the protection of biodiversity has been recently recognized. However, despite the importance of Spheciformes wasps (Hymenoptera: Ampulicidae, Sphecidae and Crabronidae) in natural ...
  • In-Hive Acaricides Alter Biochemical and Morphological Indicators of Honey Bee Nutrition, Immunity, and Development 

    Reeves, Alison M.; O'Neal, Scott T.; Fell, Richard D.; Brewster, Carlyle C.; Anderson, Troy D. (Entomological Society of America, 2018-09-29)
    The honey bee is a widely managed crop pollinator that provides the agricultural industry with the sustainability and economic viability needed to satisfy the food and fiber needs of our society. Excessive exposure to ...
  • Chlorothalonil Exposure Alters Virus Susceptibility and Markers of Immunity, Nutrition, and Development in Honey Bees 

    O'Neal, Scott T.; Reeves, Alison M.; Fell, Richard D.; Brewster, Carlyle C.; Anderson, Troy D. (Entomological Society of America, 2019-05-23)
    Chlorothalonil is a broad spectrum chloronitrile fungicide that has been identified as one of the most common pesticide contaminants found in managed honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Apis mellifera L.), their food stores, ...
  • The Prediapause Stage of Aedes japonicus japonicus and the Evolution of Embryonic Diapause in Aedini 

    Bova, Jake; Soghigian, John; Paulson, Sally (MDPI, 2019-07-25)
    The genus Aedes is well known for its desiccation-resistant eggs, which frequently serve as an overwintering mechanism through diapause. Despite this, relatively little is known about the diapause and overwintering ...
  • Harlequin Bug Biology and Pest Management in Brassicaceous Crops 

    Wallingford, A. K.; Kuhar, T. P.; Schultz, P. B.; Freeman, J. H. (Entomological Society of America, 2011-04-01)
    Harlequin bug, Murgantia histrionica (Hahn), is a piercing-sucking pest of brassicaceous crops, particularly in the southern United States. The pest typically completes two to four generations per year, and overwinters as ...
  • Drip Chemigation of Insecticides as a Pest Management Tool in Vegetable Production 

    Ghidiu, Gerald; Kuhar, Thomas; Palumbo, John; Schuster, David (Entomological Society of America, 2012-09-01)
    Drip, or trickle, irrigation was used as early as the late 1800s, although it was not until the development of modern plastics during World War II that drip irrigation became economically possible. Developed initially to ...
  • Biology and Management of the Green Stink Bug 

    Kamminga, K. L.; Koppel, A. L.; Herbert, D. A., Jr.; Kuhar, T. P. (Entomological Society of America, 2012-12-01)
    The green stink bug, Acrosternum hilare (Say) [Chinavia hilaris (Say)] (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) is one of the most damaging native stink bug species in the United States. It is a pest of economic importance in a variety ...
  • Fifty Years of Cereal Leaf Beetle in the U.S.: An Update on Its Biology, Management, and Current Research 

    Philips, C. R.; Herbert, D. A.; Kuhar, T. P.; Reisig, D. D.; Thomason, W. E.; Malone, S. (Entomological Society of America, 2011-10-01)
    Cereal leaf beetle, Oulema melanopus L., is an introduced insect pest of small grains first recorded in the United States in the early 1960s. Since its introduction from Europe or Asia into Michigan, cereal leaf beetle has ...

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