Introduction to CCG Rhipicephalus microplus Bioinformatics

A collaborative project between the State of Queensland (Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation), Murdoch University's Centre for Comparative Genomics, and the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service has generated a large amount of novel data and led to the creation of this online R. microplus genome resource. Rhipicephalus microplus. The cattle tick (formerly known as Boophilus microplus) is the most significant ectoparasite of cattle worldwide causing production losses and hide damage. Ticks also rapidly develop resistance to the chemicals (acaricides) used to treat cattle during heavy tick burden. Ticks are also vectors for highly pathogenic organisms including protozoan parasites Babesia bovis and B. bigemina causing bovine babesiosis and rickettsia Anaplasma marginale causing bovine anaplamosis.

Research Aims

Integration of novel vector sequences and analyses to identify the genomic mechanisms to effectively control vector R. microplus livestock infestations.

Project site contains

This site contains access to data, analysis and to tools specific to the analysis of Rhipicephalus microplus. Data types include EST, BAC, and Cot DNA sequences, microarray data and miRNA studies direct link table can be found under "Download Data" . Access to tools specific to the analysis of Rhipicephalus microplus, this includes interactive Bioinformatics pipeline analysis construction (YABI). Get started using our online tutorial (link) and online help. Or go direct to View Analysis tools links.