The genome of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta

The genome of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta

Yannick Wurm, John Wang, Oksana Riba-Grognuz, Miguel Corona, Sanne Nygaard, Brendan G Hunt, Krista K Ingram, Laurent Falquet, Mingkwan Nipitwattanaphon, Dietrich Gotzek, Michiel B Dijkstra, Jan Oettler, Fabien Comtesse, Cheng-Jen Shih, Wen-Jer Wu, Chin-Cheng Yang, Jerome Thomas, Emmanuel Beaudoing, Sylvain Pradervand, Volker Flegel, Erin D Cook, Roberto Fabbretti, Heinz Stockinger, Li Long, William G Farmerie, Jane Oakey, Jacobus J Boomsma, Pekka Pamilo, Soojin V Yi, J�rgen Heinze, Michael AD Goodisman, Laurent Farinelli, Keith Harshman, Nicolas Hulo, Lorenzo Cerutti, Ioannis Xenarios, DeWayne Shoemaker, Laurent Keller

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2011/4/5) 108(14):5679

Ants have evolved very complex societies and are key ecosystem members. Some ants, such as the fire ant Solenopsis invicta, are also major pests. Here, we present a draft genome of S. invicta, assembled from Roche 454 and Illumina sequencing reads obtained from a focal haploid male and his brothers. We used comparative genomic methods to obtain insight into the unique features of the S. invicta genome. For example, we found that this genome harbors four adjacent copies of vitellogenin. A phylogenetic analysis …



DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1009690108


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