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Microbiol Resour Announc. 2019 Feb 7;8(6). pii: e01563-18. doi: 10.1128/MRA.01563-18. eCollection 2019 Feb.

Draft Genome Assembly of the False Spider Mite Brevipalpus yothersi.

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Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, Brasília, DF, Brazil.
Sylvio Moreira Citrus Center, Agronomic Institute (IAC) Cordeirópolis, São Paulo, Brazil.
Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
Center for Plant Systems Biology, VIB, Ghent, Belgium.
Embrapa Cassava and Fruits, Cruz das Almas, Bahia, Brazil and Biological Institute, São Paulo, Brazil.
Faculty of Agronomy and Veterinary (FAV), University of Brasilia (UnB), Brasília, DF, Brazil.
Department of Biology, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
Department of Plants and Crops, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
Department of Evolutionary and Population Biology, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.
Contributed equally


The false spider mite Brevipalpus yothersi infests a broad host plant range and has become one of the most economically important species within the genus Brevipalpus. This phytophagous mite inflicts damage by both feeding on plants and transmitting plant viruses. Here, we report the first draft genome sequence of the false spider mite, which is also the first plant virus mite vector to be sequenced. The ∼72 Mb genome (sequenced at 42× coverage) encodes ∼16,000 predicted protein-coding genes.

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