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Symbiosis between yeasts and insects

Gonzalez, Francisco (2014). Symbiosis between yeasts and insects. Alnarp: (LTJ, LTV) > Department of Plant Protection Biology, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Introductory paper at the Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science ; 2014:3

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Mutualistic relationships between insects and microorganisms have been widely described for bacterial symbionts associated with sap feeding insects and fungi associated with bark beetles. Recently, the importance and widespread distribution of mutualistic yeasts in plant-insect interactions has been demonstrated. Several examples with Drosophila melanogaster among other insects have shown the ability of the insect to survive in a diet based on yeast consumption only. Moreover, yeasts have shown the ability of suppressing pathogens that might hamper the development of the insects. From the point of view of the yeasts, the main benefit of the mutualism is the facilitation of processes such as outbreeding and spreading offered by contact with insects. Understanding the functions and key elements in yeast-insect interactions could lead to the development of better pest management strategies, for example by exploiting the attraction of insects to yeasts to lure them into entomopathogenic viruses. In this review, I present an overview of the current knowledge in yeast-insect interactions, highlighting what has been studied to date and what research gaps remain to be addressed.

Authors/Creators:Gonzalez, Francisco
Title:Symbiosis between yeasts and insects
Series Name/Journal:Introductory paper at the Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science
Year of publishing :11 December 2014
Depositing date:12 December 2014
Page range:1-52
Number of Pages:52
Place of Publication:Alnarp
Publisher:Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Publication Type:Report
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:L Animal production > L20 Animal ecology
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
Agrovoc terms:drosophila melanogaster, yeasts, symbiosis
Keywords:yeast, insect, mutualism
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ID Code:11699
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Plant Protection Biology
External funders:FORMAS
Deposited By: M.Sc Francisco Gonzalez
Deposited On:08 Jan 2015 12:46
Metadata Last Modified:14 Sep 2020 12:21

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