Male-killing Wolbachia do not protect Drosophila bifasciata against viral infection

@inproceedings{Longdon2012MalekillingWD,
  title={Male-killing Wolbachia do not protect Drosophila bifasciata against viral infection},
  author={Ben Longdon and Daniel K. Fabian and Gregory D D Hurst and Francis M. Jiggins},
  booktitle={BMC Microbiology},
  year={2012}
}
Insect symbionts employ multiple strategies to enhance their spread through populations, and some play a dual role as both a mutualist and a reproductive manipulator. It has recently been found that this is the case for some strains of Wolbachia, which both cause cytoplasmic incompatibility and protect their hosts against viruses. Here, we carry out the first test as to whether a male-killing strain of Wolbachia also provides a direct benefit to its host by providing antiviral protection to its… CONTINUE READING