Bad guys turned nice? A critical assessment of Wolbachia mutualisms in arthropod hosts.

@article{Zug2015BadGT,
  title={Bad guys turned nice? A critical assessment of Wolbachia mutualisms in arthropod hosts.},
  author={Roman Zug and Peter Hammerstein},
  journal={Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society},
  year={2015},
  volume={90 1},
  pages={89-111}
}
Wolbachia are the most abundant bacterial endosymbionts among arthropods. Although maternally inherited, they do not conform to the widespread view that vertical transmission inevitably selects for beneficial symbionts. Instead, Wolbachia are notorious for their reproductive parasitism which, although lowering host fitness, ensures their spread. However, even for reproductive parasites it can pay to enhance host fitness. Indeed, there is a recent upsurge of reports on Wolbachia-associated… CONTINUE READING
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