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Title: Wolbachia in Field Populations of Forcipomyia Taiwana (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in Taiwan
Authors: Wen, Yu-Der;Lin, Chung-Chi;Liou, Wei-Ming;Wang, Wei-Lung
Contributors: 生物學系
Keywords: Blood-sucking midge;Forcipomyia taiwana;Wolbachia
Date: 2011
Issue Date: 2012-06-06T01:56:17Z
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Wolbachia pipientis is an endosymbiotic alpha-proteobacterium that is found in numerous insects and
arthropods. Only a few studies have been made on Wolbachia in blood-sucking midges. In this study, we
identified and determined the molecular characteristics of Wolbachia strains in Forcipomyia taiwana (Shiraki),
a blood-suckingmidge found in Taiwan and southern China. Our results indicate that all F. taiwana individuals
captured in Nantou County, Taiwan were infected with Wolbachia strains closely related to the A-supergroup
wAlbA. Moreover, 2 individuals captured at low-abundance locations were also infected with a B-supergroup
Wolbachia strain. We observed that 63% F. taiwana individuals captured at the low-abundance locations
harbored the wAlbA-like strain which has a particular substitution pattern (D51G, T84A, and A85V) in the
Wolbachia surface protein. Taken together, our results indicate that distinct Wolbachia strains exist in F.
taiwana populations in the field.
Relation: Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology, 14(3): 341-348
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