Another day, another genome: red flour beetle

red flour beetleWho knew? According to the Technology Review:

The red flour beetle, a widespread pest in flour mills, silos, and pantries, has become the fourth insect–and the first significant agricultural pest–to have its genome sequenced.

I wonder if this is what my housemate had in the pantry that time….ugh. Now we know its name: Tribolium castaneum. That isn’t what we called it. But you can probably imagine some choices. I wonder if this is the first genome of something that I have used curse words about?

Paper is here: The genome of the model beetle and pest Tribolium castaneum Tribolium Genome Sequencing Consortium.

Edit: a couple of URLs for the data: Tribolium castaneum Genome Project, and BeetleBase.