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

  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},
  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 plataspid species, females produced symbiont capsules upon oviposition and their gut exhibited specialized traits for capsule production… CONTINUE READING
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