Facultative Symbiont Infections Affect Aphid Reproduction

  title={Facultative Symbiont Infections Affect Aphid Reproduction},
  author={Jean-Christophe Simon and S{\'e}bastien Boutin and Tsutomu Tsuchida and Ryuichi Koga and Jean-François le Gallic and Adrien Frantz and Yannick Outreman and Takema Fukatsu},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Some bacterial symbionts alter their hosts reproduction through various mechanisms that enhance their transmission in the host population. In addition to its obligatory symbiont Buchnera aphidicola, the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum harbors several facultative symbionts influencing several aspects of host ecology. Aphids reproduce by cyclical parthenogenesis whereby clonal and sexual reproduction alternate within the annual life cycle. Many species, including the pea aphid, also show variation… CONTINUE READING
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