Symbiont Digestive Range Reflects Host Plant Breadth in Herbivorous Beetles

@article{Salem2020SymbiontDR,
  title={Symbiont Digestive Range Reflects Host Plant Breadth in Herbivorous Beetles},
  author={Hassan Salem and Roy Kirsch and Yannick Pauchet and Aileen Berasategui and Kayoko Fukumori and Minoru Moriyama and Michael G. Cripps and Donald M. Windsor and Takema Fukatsu and Nicole Marie Gerardo},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2020},
  volume={30},
  pages={2875-2886.e4}
}
Numerous adaptations are gained in light of a symbiotic lifestyle. Here, we investigated the obligate partnership between tortoise leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae) and their pectinolytic Stammera symbionts to detail how changes to the bacterium's streamlined metabolic range can shape the digestive physiology and ecological opportunity of its herbivorous host. Comparative genomics of 13 Stammera strains revealed high functional conservation, highlighted by the universal presence of… Expand
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