Data from: Metabolic Coevolution in the Bacterial Symbiosis of Whiteflies and Related Plant Sap-Feeding Insects

Genomic decay is a common feature of intracellular bacteria that have entered into symbiosis with plant sap-feeding insects. This study of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci and two bacteria (Portiera aleyrodidarum and Hamiltonella defensa) cohoused in each host cell investigated whether the decay of Portiera metabolism genes is complemented by host and Hamiltonella genes, and compared the metabolic traits of the whitefly symbiosis with other sap-feeding insects (aphids, psyllids, and mealybugs).

Genomics and Genetics

U.S. National Insect Collection Database

This subset of the U.S. National Insects Collection, which is primarly housed by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, comprises the Coccomorpha (scale insects), Aphidomorpha (aphids), Alyrodomorpha (whiteflies), Psyllomorpha (psyllids), Thysanoptera (thrips), and Acari (mites) collections. Information about the Aphidomorpha (Aphididae, Adelgidae, and Phylloxeridae) samples is available through this database.

Genomics and Genetics