Lyra Morina was a winner in the UMD Bioscience Research Day Poster Competition. Congrats, Lyra!
The Fritz lab is partnering with MD residents and state agencies in an effort to identify new populations of the invasive longhorned tick. More information here.
The longhorned tick recently invaded the United States from its native (and/or invasive) ranges in Southeast Asia. The tick is primarily a pest of ruminants, and transmits numerous diseases of livestock. It can also transmit some diseases from animals to humans. To help our Maryland stakeholders identify and report any suspicious ticks, we've produce an extension bulletin. You can find that bulletin here.
One of the primary goals of our research is to understand the ways in which insect genomes respond to human-mediated selection pressures in the landscape. Agricultural landscapes can often be characterized by sweeping changes to the physical terrain, shifts in host plant composition, and chemical inputs into the environment. In our newest publication, we show that NGS approaches can be used to identify genomic changes in agricultural species as a response to changing insect management regimes.
We found that our most recent research project on the genomics of adaptation to insect management practices was lacking something - a genome assembly of our study species. So we assembled it ourselves. This Heliothis virescens genome assembly is now available here.