Spiroplasma in Drosophila melanogaster Populations: Prevalence, Male-Killing, Molecular Identification, and No Association with Wolbachia

@article{Ventura2012SpiroplasmaID,
  title={Spiroplasma in Drosophila melanogaster Populations: Prevalence, Male-Killing, Molecular Identification, and No Association with Wolbachia},
  author={Iuri Matteuzzo Ventura and Ayana De Brito Martins and Mariana L Lyra and Carlos Alberto Andrade and Kl{\'e}lia Aparecida Carvalho and Louis B Klaczko},
  journal={Microbial Ecology},
  year={2012},
  volume={64},
  pages={794-801}
}
Spiroplasma endosymbionts are maternally transmitted bacteria that may kill infected sons resulting in the production of female-biased broods. The prevalence of male killers varies considerably both between and within species. Here, we evaluate the spatial and temporal status of male-killing and non-male-killing Spiroplasma infection in three Brazilian populations of Drosophila melanogaster, nearly a decade after the first occurrence report for this species. The incidence of the male-killing… CONTINUE READING
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