Do microsporidia function as “biological weapon” for Harmonia axyridis under natural conditions?

@article{Gegner2015DoMF,
  title={Do microsporidia function as “biological weapon” for Harmonia axyridis under natural conditions?},
  author={Tobias Gegner and Oliver Otti and Simon Tragust and Heike Feldhaar},
  journal={Insect Science},
  year={2015},
  volume={22}
}
Invasive alien species, such as the multicoloured Asian ladybird Harmonia axyridis, are often regarded as major drivers of biodiversity loss. Therefore understanding which characteristics or mechanisms contribute to their invasive success is important. Here the role of symbiotic microsporidia in the hemolymph of H. axyridis was investigated in the context of intraguild predation between wild‐caught H. axyridis and the native ladybird species Coccinella septempunctata. The microsporidia were… Expand
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