Symbiont infection affects aphid defensive behaviours.

  title={Symbiont infection affects aphid defensive behaviours.},
  author={Emilie Dion and Sarah Erika Polin and Jean-Christophe Simon and Yannick Outreman},
  journal={Biology letters},
  volume={7 5},
Aphids harbour both an obligate bacterial symbiont, Buchnera aphidicola, and a wide range of facultative ones. Facultative symbionts can modify morphological, developmental and physiological host traits that favour their spread within aphid populations. We experimentally investigated the idea that symbionts may also modify aphid behavioural traits to enhance their transmission. Aphids exhibit many behavioural defences against enemies. Despite their benefits, these behaviours have some… CONTINUE READING
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