Western Flower trhips genome sequenced

Congratulations to Dorith Rotenberg for her leadership in the efforts to sequence the genome of the western flower thrips. The western flower thrips — an invasive insect that’s not much bigger than a pinhead — takes a huge bite out of agriculture around the world, racking up billions of dollars’ worth of damage on a wide range of food, fiber and ornamental crops each year. Scientists now have a complete genetic blueprint to help them better understand the pest and to find ways to control it.