The underlying genetic mechanisms of the processes governing thrips pest and vector biology, feeding behaviors, ecology, and insecticide resistance are largely unknown. The western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande), is a globally invasive pest and plant virus vector on a wide array of food, fiber, and ornamental crops. Since the 1970s Frankliniella occidentalis has successfully invaded many countries to become one of the most important agricultural pests of ornamental, vegetable and fruit crops globally. ... Frankliniella occidentalis. Background: The western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande), is a globally invasive pest and plant virus vector on a wide array of food, fiber and ornamental crops. The Frankliniella occidentalis genome was recently sequenced and annotated as part of the i5k pilot project by the Baylor College of Medicine. Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) is an invasive pest that endangers a wide variety of horticultural and agronomic crops. The western flower thrips (WFT), Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), is a globally distributed insect pest causing significant damage to greenhouse-grown crops. Evol. The western flower thrips (WFT), Frankliniella occidentalis, a world-wide invasive insect, causes agricultural damage by directly feeding and by indirectly vectoring Tospoviruses, such as Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV). Western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis, first arose as an important invasive pest of many crops during the 1970s–1980s. The western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande), is a globally invasive pest and plant virus vector on a wide array of food, fibre, and decorative crops, ... we present the F. occidentalis draft genome assembly and official gene set. We characterized the transcriptome of WFT and analyzed global gene expression of WFT response to TSWV infection using Illumina sequencing platform. HSP70 is the most important member of the heat shock protein (HSP) family and plays an important role in insect thermal tolerance. The underlying genetic mechanisms of the processes governing thrips pest and vector biology, feeding behaviors, ecology, and insecticide resistance are largely unknown. Genome Biol. Draft Genomes, Phylogenetic Reconstruction, and Comparative Genomics of Two Novel Cohabiting Bacterial Symbionts Isolated from Frankliniella occidentalis July 2015 Genome … Background: The western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande), is a globally invasive pest and plant virus vector on a wide array of food, fiber, and ornamental crops. "The draft genomes, genome evolution and classification of BFo1 and BFo2 two insect symbionts isolated from Western Flower Thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis [Pergande])." The Human Genome Sequencing Center sequenced and assembled the genome for this study appearing in BMC Biology. The North Carolina Biotechnology Center reports on a recently published study of the genome of the western flower thrips, or Frankliniella occidentalis, a major pest of agriculture in California and the southeast U.S. The Frankliniella occidentalis research community has manually reviewed and curated the computational gene predictions and generated an official gene set, OGSv1.0.