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The Benefits faced by Aphids due to their Endosymbionts

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Studies in Biotechnology, University of Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 5, Issue (5), Pages 85-90, May,10 (2016)


Aphids enter a symbiotic relationship with bacteria which holds influence on their ecological characteristics. Although widespread in nature, investigation on their symbiotic relationship is yet to go on full-fledged. Both the obligate and facultative endosymbionts affect the life history traits of the aphids. I discuss the beneficial effects that the endosymbionts provide to their hosts and point out the questions based on which research can proceed further with respect to aphid- bacteria interactions. I finally conclude with some questions on this aspect and by pointing out the avenues which we can work on to develop a deepened insight of the evolutionary ecological traits.


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