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Vorburger, C; Gehrer, L; Rodriguez, P (2010). A strain of the bacterial symbiont Regiella insecticola protects aphids against parasitoids. Biology Letters, 6(1):109-111.

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Aphids commonly harbour facultative bacterial endosymbionts and may benefit from their presence through increased resistance to parasitoids. This has been demonstrated for Hamiltonella defensa and Serratia symbiotica, while a third common endosymbiont, Regiella insecticola, did not provide such protection. However, this symbiont was recently detected in a highly resistant clone of the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae, from Australia. To test if resistance was indeed conferred by the endosymbiont, we eliminated it from this clone with antibiotics, and we transferred it to two other clones of the same and one clone of a different aphid species (Aphis fabae). Exposing these lines to the parasitoid Aphidius colemani showed clearly that unlike other strains of this bacterium, this specific isolate of R. insecticola provides strong protection against parasitic wasps, suggesting that the ability to protect their host against natural enemies may evolve readily in multiple species of endosymbiotic bacteria.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Aphis fabae; endosymbiont; Myzus persicae; parasitoid; Regiella insecticola; resistance
Deposited On:24 Jan 2010 11:30
Last Modified:28 Nov 2013 04:38
Publisher:The Royal Society
Publisher DOI:10.1098/rsbl.2009.0642
PubMed ID:19776066

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