Monday, June 22, 2015

BacterioFiles 218 - Parasitoids Pass Protective Prokaryotes

Such a cute parasitoid
Arrows indicate Wolbachia
Ahmed et al. 2015
This episode: Parasitoid wasps spread helpful bacterial symbionts between their whitefly prey!

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