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Unlocking the Genome of the World's Worst Insect Pest of Agriculture

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Australian scientists are leading an international group that is sequencing the genome of what is arguably the world's worst insect pest of agriculture, the moth, Helicoverpa armigera. A few insects have already had their genomes sequenced – mainly dipterans (flies and mosquitoes) and, of course, the honey bee. Several others, including the silkworm, are being worked on.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: October 1, 2008

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