Phenotypic effect of "Candidatus Rickettsiella viridis," a facultative symbiont of the pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum), and its interaction with a coexisting symbiont.

Abstract

A gammaproteobacterial facultative symbiont of the genus Rickettsiella was recently identified in the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum. Infection with this symbiont altered the color of the aphid body from red to green, potentially affecting the host's ecological characteristics, such as attractiveness to different natural enemies. In European populations of… (More)
DOI: 10.1128/AEM.03049-13

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