Insect symbionts as hidden players in insect-plant interactions.

  title={Insect symbionts as hidden players in insect-plant interactions.},
  author={Enric Frago and Marcel Dicke and H Charles J Godfray},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={27 12},
There is growing evidence of the importance of microbial mutualistic symbioses in insect-plant interactions. Mutualists may affect host plant range and enable insects to manipulate plant physiology for their own benefit. The plant can also be a route for the horizontal transfer of mutualistic microorganisms among their host insects. Where this occurs, selection for improved transmission might cause the insect mutualist to damage the plant and become a plant pathogen. Insect microbial associates… CONTINUE READING
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