In the English edition of his landmark book Endosymbiosis of
Animals with Plant Microorganisms (1965), Professor Paul Buchner,
probably the most prominent founder of systematic symbiosis
research, wrote: ?I too soon fell victim to the spell of this
subject, and from 1911 on devoted myself to it.? Almost half a
century later, a growing number of entomologists are recognizing
the impact that arthropod-bacteria symbiosis has on virtually all
aspects of the biology of both host and symbiont. The discussion of
this subject tends to be system based, with primary emphasis on the
insect host. However, recent screening studies have revealed that
the diversity of bacteria associated with arthropods may not be as
wide as initially expected, and some genera are constantly being
found in hosts that belong to distantly related taxa.
Manipulative Tenants: Bacteria Associated with Arthropods
introduces the fascinating world of bacteria-arthropod associations
with an emphasis on the bacterial partner. Written by an
interdisciplinary team of international contributors, this book
provides an overview of the diversity of bacterial symbionts
identified to date as frequent partners of terrestrial arthropods.
It discusses primary (obligatory) symbionts as well as the most
abundant secondary (facultative) symbionts currently known.
Summarizing the most up-to-date information available on each
symbiont, the book presents a synopsis of the field from the
bacterial angle. Chapters examine Proteobacteria, including Sodalis
and Wigglesworthia in tsetse flies and Stammerula and other
symbiotic bacteria in fruit flies, as well as Bacteroidetes such as
Blattabacterium and Cardinium. The book also identifies questions
that emerge from the study of these systems. This comprehensive
reference introduces the topic of bacteria-arthropod associations
to researchers who are not familiar with it, enlarges the scope of
knowledge of those who are, and provides a textbook for students in
microbiology and other branches of biology.
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