Submitted to: Mitochondrial DNA
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/23/2013
Publication Date: 1/17/2014
Publication URL: http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/58963
Citation: Roehrdanz, R.L., Cameron, S., Toutges, M., Sears Wichmann, S.G. 2014. The complete Mitochondrial genome of the tarnished plant bug, Lygus lineolaris (Heteroptera: Miridae). Mitochondrial DNA. DOI: 10.3109/19401736.2013.869689. Interpretive Summary: Plant bugs from the genus Lygus are important pests of a wide variety of cultivated crops throughout the northern temperate regions. The tarnished plant bug (Lygus lineolaris) is the most widespread species in North America and the primary pest species in the eastern half of the continent. Mitochondrial DNA has been an important tool for use in studying the evolution of congeneric species and has also proven valuable for intraspecific population studies. To advance these comparative investigations the complete mitochondrial genome of the tarnished plant bug has been sequenced. The genome is larger than most insect mitochondrial genomes. The gene order matches the gene order most common among insects.
Technical Abstract: The complete mitochondrial genome of the tarnished plant bug, Lygus lineolaris, comprises 17027 bp. The genome contains 13 protein coding regions, 22 tRNA genes, and two ribosomal RNA genes. The gene arrangement corresponds to the common order found among insect mtDNAs which is considered to be the ancestral arrangement. The protein coding genes start with ATN and stop with TAA or TAG. The nucleotide distribution is 76.0% A+T. The control region contains two repeat regions, one is 24 bp and the other is 161 bp. The Genbank accession for the complete L. lineolaris mt genome is EU401991.