Journal article

Wolbachia dominate Spiroplasma in the co-infected spider mite Tetranychus truncatus

Kun Yang, Kang Xie, Yu-Xi Zhu, Shi-Mei Huo, Ary Hoffmann, Xiao-Yue Hong

Insect Molecular Biology | WILEY | Published : 2019


Wolbachia and Spiroplasma are both maternally inherited endosymbionts in arthropods, and they can co-infect the same species. However, how they interact with each other in the same host is not clear. Here we investigate a co-infected Tetranychus truncatus spider mite strain that shares the same genetic background with singly infected and uninfected strains to detect the impacts of the two symbionts on their host. We found that Wolbachia-infected and Spiroplasma-infected mites can suffer significant fitness costs involving decreased fecundity, although with no effect on lifespan or development. Wolbachia induced incomplete cytoplasmic incompatibility in T. truncatus both in singly infected an..

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Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China

Funding Acknowledgements

We sincerely thank Xue Xia, Ya-Ting Chen and Yue-Ling Song of Nanjing Agricultural University, China, for their help with the sample collection and species identification. We also thank Dr Jing-Tao Sun of Nanjing Agricultural University, China, for his helpful comments on the manuscript. This study was supported in part by a grant-in-aid for Scientific Research (31672035, 31871976) from the National Natural Science Foundation of China.