The cactusflybase site currently houses the sequences and annotation of our seven new de novo chromosome-level assemblies of D. mojavensis (from Catalina Island, Mojave Desert, Sonora Desert and Baja California populations), D. arizonae (from the Sonora Desert and Chiapas populations) and D. navojoa. You can read our Biorxiv preprint of our in review manuscript on the generation and analysis of our new cactophilic Drosophila genomes. Coming very soon we will add new genomes of South American cactophilic Drosophila from the buzzatii group, which we collaborated with Dr. Esteban Hasson’s group at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (see the Biorxiv version of the buzzatti group manuscript).
The cactusflybase site will also be a repository of information of our new cactophilic Drosophila transgenic toolbox. As part of a recently funded NSF EDGE award we will generate transgenic lines of D. mojavensis, D. arizonae and D. buzzatii for the community. Stay tuned more information coming soon.