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The infection of Harmonia axyridis by a parasitic nematode is mediated by entomopathogenic bacteria and triggers sex-specific host immune responses
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Evidence is provided that the female immune system responds much more strongly to the nematodes and provokes a more robust invasion strategy involving the bacterial mutualists, which could help develop a biological strategy to counter the spread of this insect pest. Expand
Immunological larval polyphenism in the map butterfly Araschnia levana reveals the photoperiodic modulation of immunity
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The seasonal polyphenism of A. levana is expanded beyond the morphologically distinct spring and summer imagoes to include immunological larvalPolyphenism that reveals the photoperiodic modulation of immunity may reflect life‐history traits that manifest as trade‐offs between immunity and fecundity. Expand
Identification of entomopathogenic bacteria associated with the invasive pest Drosophila suzukii in infested areas of Germany.
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Insight is provided into the complex relationships within the microbiome and pathobiome of D. suzukii and this may lead to the isolation of bacteria that can be used as biological control agents. Expand
The Gram-Positive Bacterium Leuconostoc pseudomesenteroides Shows Insecticidal Activity against Drosophilid and Aphid Pests
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It is found that infection with living bacteria significantly reduced the survival of the insect models, whereas the administration of cell-free extracts had a significant effect only in aphids, confirming that L. pseudomesenteroides has potential as a new biocontrol agent for sustainable pest management. Expand