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Symbiotic bacteria protect hunting wasps from fungal infestation

... antennae and that females utilize these bacterial symbionts to protect the wasp larvae against pathogenic fungi. Detrimental microorganisms are a permanent threat to higher organisms, and because of their high reproductive potential and adaptability, they are extremely difficult to control. Ironically, the b...

A bug's life: Exceptional genomic stability yet rapid protein evolution in a carpenter ant mutualist

...ogical diversity," explains Wernegreen. "Microbial symbionts in particular have been major evolutionary catalys...mary genomic characteristics of obligate bacterial symbionts is a massive reduction in genome size compared to their free-living counterparts ?a phenomenon calle...

DOE JGI sequences, releases genome of symbiotic tree fungus

...us to understand the interaction between these two symbionts within the context of the changing global climate." "Characterization of the interactions between poplar and its symbiotic associate, Laccaria bicolor, allows us to explore the coordinated response to environmental stressors, such as drought and ex...

Surprising symbiosis: Glassy-winged sharpshooter eats with friends

...nderstand how it works and its weaknesses. We knew symbionts were doing something for this insect--but until this study, we had no clue what that was." In particular, in this case, the threesome came as a surprise. Many insects, such as aphids and cicadas, feed on the sap from a plant's xylem or phloem, pipes...

Life in the extreme

...fferent symbionts. This is the widest diversity of symbionts ever described in a bivalve species," said Duperro... means that the mussel, depending on which type of symbionts it carries, can derive its energy from either sulphide or methane. In addition, Duperron has also fo...

Ocean sampling yields environmental sources of coral symbionts

...ost’s survival, but many corals must acquire their symbionts anew with the emergence of each generation. Howeve...clear how newly settled coral polyps acquire their symbionts in the ocean. Organisms that resemble coral symbionts—dinoflagellates that are similar to those of t...

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