University of Hertfordshire


  • Kumar Saurabh Singh
  • Erick M. G. Cordeiro
  • Bartlomiej J. Troczka
  • Adam Pym
  • Joanna Mackisack
  • Thomas C. Mathers
  • Ana Duarte
  • Fabrice Legeai
  • Stéphanie Robin
  • Pablo Bielza
  • Hannah J. Burrack
  • Kamel Charaabi
  • Christian C. Figueroa
  • Richard H. ffrench-Constant
  • Georg Jander
  • John T. Margaritopoulos
  • Emanuele Mazzoni
  • Ralf Nauen
  • Claudio C. Ramírez
  • Guangwei Ren
  • Ilona Stepanyan
  • Paul A. Umina
  • Nina V. Voronova
  • John Vontas
  • Martin S. Williamson
  • Alex C. C. Wilson
  • Gao Xi-Wu
  • Young-Nam Youn
  • Christoph T. Zimmer
  • Jean-Christophe Simon
  • Alex Hayward
  • Chris Bass
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Original languageEnglish
Article number847
JournalCommunications Biology
Early online date7 Jul 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Jul 2021


Abstract: The aphid Myzus persicae is a destructive agricultural pest that displays an exceptional ability to develop resistance to both natural and synthetic insecticides. To investigate the evolution of resistance in this species we generated a chromosome-scale genome assembly and living panel of >110 fully sequenced globally sampled clonal lines. Our analyses reveal a remarkable diversity of resistance mutations segregating in global populations of M. persicae. We show that the emergence and spread of these mechanisms is influenced by host–plant associations, uncovering the widespread co‐option of a host-plant adaptation that also offers resistance against synthetic insecticides. We identify both the repeated evolution of independent resistance mutations at the same locus, and multiple instances of the evolution of novel resistance mechanisms against key insecticides. Our findings provide fundamental insights into the genomic responses of global insect populations to strong selective forces, and hold practical relevance for the control of pests and parasites.

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