Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

The progress of genome and transcriptome analysis of Bemisia tabaci and its future perspectives.

Abstract

The tobacco whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius), is a worldwide distributed agricultural pest, which is considered as a complex species. Some cryptic species have invaded many countries in the last three decades, causing huge economic and yield loss in agriculture. Mediterranean cryptic species (MED) entered into China and has replaced middle East-Asia minor 1 cryptic species (MEAM1). Genome and transcriptome analysis would greatly facilitate the research on invasion mechanism, species complex, identification of cryptic species or geographical population, insecticide resistance mechanism, interaction between host and endosymbiont. Here, the progress of genome and transcriptome research of B. tabaci were briefly summarized. The applications and future perspectives of omics studies in the whitefly field were also presented.