A microsporidian infection was discovered in laboratory cultures of Drosophila species. Ultrastructural examination suggested it belonged to the poorly characterized species Tubulinosema kingi, and morphological and sequence data are presented. We explored how T. kingi affected the fitness of Drosophila melanogaster and D. subobscura, as well as the fitness of 2 of their parasitoids, Asobara tabida and Pachycrepoideus vindemiae. In Drosophila, infections caused changes in most of the traits w...Expand abstract
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Citation: Futerman et al. (2006). 'Fitness effects and transmission routes of a microsporidian parasite infecting Drosophila and its parasitoids', Parasitology, 132, 479–492. [Available at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=PAR].
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N. B. H. C. J. GOdfray was affiliated with the NERC Centre for Population Biology, Division of Biology, Imperial College London when this paper was submitted for publication.
Fitness effects and transmission routes of a microsporidian parasite infecting Drosophila and its parasitoids
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