Data from: Transcriptomic and functional resources for the Small Hive Beetle Aethina tumida, a worldwide parasite of honey bees
Supplemental information from a project describing the transcriptome of a beetle parasite of honey bees
The small hive beetle (SHB), Aethina tumida, is a major pest of managed honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies in the United States and Australia, and an emergent threat in Europe. While strong honey bee colonies generally keep SHB populations in check, weak or stressed colonies can succumb to infestations. This parasite has spread from a sub-Saharan Africa to three continents, leading to immense management and regulatory costs. We performed a transcriptomic analysis involving deep sequencing of multiple life stages and both sexes of this species. The assembled transcriptome appears to be nearly complete, as judged by conserved insect orthologs and the ability to find plausible homologs for 11,952 proteins described from the genome of the red flour beetle. Expressed genes include each of the major metabolic, developmental and sensory groups, along with genes for proteins involved with immune defenses and insecticide resistance. We also present a total of 23,085 high-quality SNP's for the assembled contigs. We highlight potential differences between this beetle and its honey bee hosts, and suggest mechanisms of future research into the biology and control of this species. SNP resources will allow functional genetic analyses and analyses of dispersal for this invasive pest.
Resources in this dataset:
Resource Title: SHB_SuppTable3.
File Name: SHB_SuppTable3.xlsx
Resource Description: Annotated transcript contigs
Resource Title: SHB_SuppTable2.
File Name: SHB_SuppTable2.xlsx
Resource Description: SNP data file
Resource Title: SHB_SuppTable1.
File Name: SHB_SuppTable1.xlsx
Resource Description: Microsatellite loci
Data contact nameEvans, Jay
Data contact firstname.lastname@example.org
PublisherAg Data Commons
Intended useResources for understanding the genetics and biology of this parasite
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ISO Topic Category
National Agricultural Library Thesaurus termsbeetles; genome; genomics; honey bees; Aethina tumida; Apis mellifera; honey bee colonies; parasites; transcriptomics; high-throughput nucleotide sequencing; transcriptome; insects; proteins; Tribolium castaneum; genes; immune response; insecticide resistance; single nucleotide polymorphism; Coleoptera; hosts; genetic techniques and protocols
OMB Bureau Code
- 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service
OMB Program Code
- 005:040 - National Research
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