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  1. This work has been published in GigaByte Journal under a CC-BY 4.0 license (, and has published the reviews under the same license. These are as follows.

    **Reviewer 1. Hailin Liu **

    Is the data acquisition clear, complete and methodologically sound? No.

    Additional Comments:

    Minor revision please:

    1. This manuscript needs to be reorganized, as the methods, results and discussion were somewhat mixed.
    2. Line 125, were these data newly got? How much data you used should also be presented.
    3. How do you make sure that the hox genes you find were complete or exact? Was there any validation?

    Recommendation: Minor Revision

    **Reviewer 2. Mary Ann Tuli **

    Are all data available and do they match the descriptions in the paper?

    Yes. he author states, "Reciprocal BLAST was used to confirm orthologs for all D. citri genes", and has explained (through the pre-review process) that these were performed manually on the NCBI website over a period of months by different authors and thus cannot be easily reproduced. I think it could be made more clear that this is in line with manual curation and the accession numbers are all provided in the paper.

    Is there sufficient detail in the methods and data-processing steps to allow reproduction?

    Yes. See above comment regarding reciprocal BLAST.

    Is there sufficient information for others to reuse this dataset or integrate it with other data?

    Yes. It does meet reuse criteria, but will be more reusable once the data is available from the Citrus Greening website.

    Recommendation: Minor Revision