Strict Host-Symbiont Cospeciation and Reductive Genome Evolution in Insect Gut Bacteria

@article{Hosokawa2006StrictHC,
  title={Strict Host-Symbiont Cospeciation and Reductive Genome Evolution in Insect Gut Bacteria},
  author={Takahiro Hosokawa and Yoshitomo Kikuchi and Naruo Nikoh and Masakazu Shimada and Takema Fukatsu},
  journal={PLoS Biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={4},
  pages={1 - 55}
}
Host-symbiont cospeciation and reductive genome evolution have been identified in obligate endocellular insect symbionts, but no such example has been identified from extracellular ones. Here we first report such a case in stinkbugs of the family Plataspidae, wherein a specific gut bacterium is vertically transmitted via "symbiont capsule." In all of the… CONTINUE READING