Bacterial endosymbionts in field-collected samples of Trialeurodes sp. nr. abutiloneus (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae)

Bodil N. Cass, Netta Mozes-Daube, Lilach Iasur-Kruh, Elizabeth C. Bondy, Suzanne E. Kelly, Martha S. Hunter, Einat Zchori-Fein

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Facultative bacterial endosymbionts are common, influential associates of arthropods, yet their movement among host species has not been well documented. Plant-mediated transmission of Rickettsia has been shown for the whitefly Bemisia tabaci. Bemisia tabaci in USA cotton fields harbors the secondary symbionts Rickettsia and Hamiltonella, and co-occurs with Trialeurodes sp. nr. abutiloneus whiteflies. To determine whether symbionts may be shared, the microbial diversity of these whiteflies on cotton across the USA was analyzed. Trialeurodes sp. nr. abutiloneus bore Portiera, Pseudomonas, Serratia, Arsenophonus and Wolbachia. No Rickettsia or Hamiltonella were detected. These results provide no evidence for horizontal transmission of symbionts between these whitefly genera.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-81
Number of pages5
JournalResearch in Microbiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Bacteria
  • Distribution pattern
  • Symbiosis
  • Transmission routes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology


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