Canadian Forest Service Publications

Reproductive parasites: symbiotic bacteria for potential use in biological control. 2013. Floate, K.D.; Kyei-Poku, G.K. (Chapter 6) Pages 43-53 in Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2001-2012. P.G. Mason and D.R. Gillespie, editors.

Year: 2013

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 35279

Language: English

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This book is the fifth in a series summarizing biological control programmes against insects and weeds in Canada and covers the period 2001 to 2012. In Chapter 6 we discuss the role of a group of symbiotic bacteria that affect the survival and reproduction of arthropods. The ability of the bacteria to affect host reproduction is of interest to researchers because of its potential for use in biological control programs. The genus Wolbachia for example, which is widespread among insects (estimated to infect 20-70% of all insects), has been used successfully to reduce the spread of the virus causing dengue fever, a disease of major health concern. The investigation of the holobiont (a host and all of its associated microorganisms) increases the chance of finding a successful biological control agent. With the recognition of symbiotic bacteria, we expect new developments in biological control research.