Symbiotic Bacterium Modifies Aphid Body Color

  title={Symbiotic Bacterium Modifies Aphid Body Color},
  author={Tsutomu Tsuchida and Ryuichi Koga and Mitsuyo Horikawa and Tetsuto Tsunoda and Takashi Maoka and Shogo Matsumoto and Jean‐Christophe Simon and Takema Fukatsu},
  pages={1102 - 1104}
Turncoat Aphids Aphid color has consequences for the fate of the wearer: Coccinellid beetles prefer to eat red ones and parasitoid wasps attack green ones. What might happen if aphids could change color and outwit their predators? Tsuchida et al. (p. 1102) have found that a subpopulation of the pea aphid can do this, but not without help from a previously unknown species of bacterium that lives intimately with the aphid as an endosymbiont and makes red aphids turn green. The bacterium… 
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  • T. Tsuchida
  • Biology, Environmental Science
    Current opinion in insect science
  • 2016
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