The making of symbiont capsule in the plataspid stinkbug Megacopta punctatissima.

@article{Hosokawa2005TheMO,
  title={The making of symbiont capsule in the plataspid stinkbug Megacopta punctatissima.},
  author={Takahiro Hosokawa and Yoshitomo Kikuchi and Xien Ying Meng and Takema Fukatsu},
  journal={FEMS microbiology ecology},
  year={2005},
  volume={54 3},
  pages={471-7}
}
In stinkbugs of the family Plataspidae, adult females deposit small brownish particles, containing specific symbiotic bacteria inside, on the underside of their egg mass. Newborn nymphs ingest the content of the unique structure, called "symbiont capsule", whereby vertical transmission of the symbiont occurs. We investigated the fine structure and the formation process of the symbiont capsule in the Japanese common plataspid stinkbug, Megacopta punctatissima, by using light and electron… CONTINUE READING

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