Brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål), genome: Putative underpinnings of polyphagy, insecticide resistance potential and biology of a top worldwide pest

Michael E. Sparks, Raman Bansal, Joshua B. Benoit, Michael B. Blackburn, Hsu Chao, Mengyao Chen, Sammy Cheng, Christopher Childers, Huyen Dinh, Harsha Vardhan Doddapaneni, Shannon Dugan, Elena N. Elpidina, David W. Farrow, Markus Friedrich, Richard A. Gibbs, Brantley Hall, Yi Han, Richard W. Hardy, Christopher J. Holmes, Daniel S.T. HughesPanagiotis Ioannidis, Alys M. Cheatle Jarvela, J. Spencer Johnston, Jeffery W. Jones, Brent A. Kronmiller, Faith Kung, Sandra L. Lee, Alexander G. Martynov, Patrick Masterson, Florian Maumus, Monica Munoz-Torres, Shwetha C. Murali, Terence D. Murphy, Donna M. Muzny, David R. Nelson, Brenda Oppert, Kristen A. Panfilio, Débora Pires Paula, Leslie Pick, Monica F. Poelchau, Jiaxin Qu, Katie Reding, Joshua H. Rhoades, Adelaide Rhodes, Stephen Richards, Rose Richter, Hugh M. Robertson, Andrew J. Rosendale, Zhijian Jake Tu, Arun S. Velamuri, Robert M. Waterhouse, Matthew T. Weirauch, Jackson T. Wells, John H. Werren, Kim C. Worley, Evgeny M. Zdobnov, Dawn E. Gundersen-Rindal

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Background: Halyomorpha halys (Stål), the brown marmorated stink bug, is a highly invasive insect species due in part to its exceptionally high levels of polyphagy. This species is also a nuisance due to overwintering in human-made structures. It has caused significant agricultural losses in recent years along the Atlantic seaboard of North America and in continental Europe. Genomic resources will assist with determining the molecular basis for this species' feeding and habitat traits, defining potential targets for pest management strategies. Results: Analysis of the 1.15-Gb draft genome assembly has identified a wide variety of genetic elements underpinning the biological characteristics of this formidable pest species, encompassing the roles of sensory functions, digestion, immunity, detoxification and development, all of which likely support H. halys' capacity for invasiveness. Many of the genes identified herein have potential for biomolecular pesticide applications. Conclusions: Availability of the H. halys genome sequence will be useful for the development of environmentally friendly biomolecular pesticides to be applied in concert with more traditional, synthetic chemical-based controls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number227
JournalBMC genomics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 14 2020


  • Brown marmorated stink bug genome
  • Pentatomid genomics
  • cathepsins
  • chemoreceptors
  • invasive species
  • odorant binding proteins
  • opsins
  • polyphagy
  • xenobiotic detoxification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics


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