Researchers complete world first wasp genome project

University of Otago,  Phys Org,  2020.

In a world first, New Zealand researchers have sequenced the genome of three wasps, two of which are invasive wasps in New Zealand, paving the way for new methods of control for these significant pests.

Genomics Aotearoa researchers working at the University of Otago and Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington, alongside colleagues from the UK, Australia and California have successfully completed a three-year project to sequence and interpret the genomes of the common wasp (Vespula vulgaris), German wasp (Vespula germanica), and the western yellowjacket (Vespula pensylvanica).

Their paper, “High-Quality Assemblies for Three Invasive Social Wasps from the Vespula Genus,” has been published in the Genetics Society of America journal G3: Genes, Genomes and Genetics.

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