Invasive species are a global problem that cause significant environmental and economic damage. It has been estimated that the cost of invasive species in the United States is at least 120 billion dollars annually. Lonicera maackii, commonly known as Amur honeysuckle, is an invasive shrub found in New York State. In invaded regions, L. maackii has caused decreased species richness of native plant and animal species. It has also negatively affected the native migratory bird populations that eat the plant’s berries. Currently, there is no available genomic sequence for any Lonicera species. With next generation sequencing, new information can be unveiled that can inform control strategies and provide a better understanding of L. maackii as an invasive species. In this study, a genome sequence was assembled for an individual of Lonicera maackii found in Western New York. The assembled genome was annotated using two different methods. Genes found through annotation provide direction for future work on optimum control strategies for the L. maackii invasion.

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Honeysuckles--Genetics; Invasive plants--New York (State); Gene mapping

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Bioinformatics (MS)

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Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences (COS)


Michael V. Osier

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Eli J. Borrego

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Andre O. Hudson


Additional committee member: Susan S. Pagano


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