Fitness effects and transmission routes of a microsporidian parasite infecting Drosophila and its parasitoids.

@article{Futerman2006FitnessEA,
  title={Fitness effects and transmission routes of a microsporidian parasite infecting Drosophila and its parasitoids.},
  author={Pete H Futerman and Sophie J. Layen and Matthew Kotzen and Caspar Franzen and Alex R. Kraaijeveld and H Charles J Godfray},
  journal={Parasitology},
  year={2006},
  volume={132 Pt 4},
  pages={479-92}
}
A microsporidian infection was discovered in laboratory cultures of Drosophila species. Ultrastructural examination suggested it belonged to the poorly characterized species Tubulinosema kingi, and morphological and sequence data are presented. We explored how T. kingi affected the fitness of Drosophila melanogaster and D. subobscura, as well as the fitness of 2 of their parasitoids, Asobara tabida and Pachycrepoideus vindemiae. In Drosophila, infections caused changes in most of the traits we… CONTINUE READING