Mayetiola destructor (Mdes_1.0)

Mayetiola destructor Assembly and Gene Annotation

About Mayetiola destructor

The Hessian fly or barley midge, Mayetiola destructor, is a species of fly that is a significant pest of cereal crops including wheat, barley and rye. Though a native of Asia it was transported into Europe and later into North America, supposedly in the straw bedding of Hessian troops during the American Revolution (1775--83). There are usually two generations a year but may be up to five. In the spring the dark-coloured female lays about 250 to 300 reddish eggs on plants, usually where the stems are covered by leaves; the larvae feed on the sap and weaken the plants so that they cannot bear grain.

(Text from Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia.)

Picture credit (public domain): Scott Bauer (ARS)


The Mayetiola destructor genome was sequenced and assembled by BCM-HGSC as part of the i5k pilot project.


Ensembl Metazoa displays the OGS v1.0 gene set provided by the i5k Workspace [1].


  1. The i5k Workspace
    @NAL - enabling genomic data access, visualization and curation of arthropod genomes
    Poelchau M, Childers C, Moore G, Tsavatapalli V, Evans J, Lee CY, Lin H, Lin JW, Hackett K. 2015. Nucleic Acids Research. 43:D714-9.

More information

General information about this species can be found in Wikipedia.



AssemblyMdes_1.0, INSDC Assembly GCA_000149185.1, Mar 2015
Database version106.1
Golden Path Length185,827,756
Genebuild byi5k - five thousand insect genomes
Genebuild methodImport
Data sourcei5k - five thousand insect genomes

Gene counts

Coding genes20,143
Non coding genes250
Small non coding genes249
Long non coding genes1
Gene transcripts22,880

About this species