Genetic variability, community structure, and horizontal transfer of endosymbionts among three Asia II‐Bemisia tabaci mitotypes in Pakistan

  • Jorge R. Paredes-Montero (Creator)
  • Muhammad Zia-Ur-Rehman (Creator)
  • U. Hameed (Creator)
  • M. S. Haider (Creator)
  • Hans Werner Herrmann (Creator)
  • Judith K Brown (Creator)



Endosymbionts associated with the whitefly Bemisia tabaci cryptic species are known to contribute to host fitness and environmental adaptation. The genetic diversity and population complexity were investigated for endosymbiont communities of B. tabaci occupying different micro-environments in Pakistan. Mitotypes of B. tabaci were identified by comparative sequence analysis of the mitochondria cytochrome oxidase I (mtCOI) gene sequence. Whitefly mitotypes belonged to the Asia II- 1, -5, and -7 mitotypes of the Asia II major clade. The whitefly-endosymbiont communities were characterized based on 16S ribosomal RNA Operational Taxonomic Unit (OTU) assignments, resulting in 43 OTUs. Most of the OTUs occurred in the Asia II-1 and II-7 mitotypes (r2=0.9, p
Date made availableFeb 3 2021

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