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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Parthenogenesis induction by Wolbachia in parasitoids

item Davies, Andrew
item Martin, Aluja -
item Furlong, Richard
item Shirk, Paul
item Sivinski, John

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: July 26, 2010
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: The maternally inherited intracellular bacterium, Wolbachia pipientis, induces reproductive alterations in host arthropod populations such as male-killing, feminization, parthenogenesis induction (PI, or reproduction without males) and cytoplasmic incompatibility. Here we report that PI in Mexican Odontosema anastrephae (Hymenoptera: Figitidae) parasitoids of Anastrepha spp. fruit flies is caused by novel Wolbachia strain infection. In addition, we discuss ongoing cytogenetic and genomic studies using O. anastrephae as a model to elucidate the mechanisms behind Wolbachia PI

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