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Instant Evolution in Whiteflies: Just Add Bacteria


April 7, 2011

sweet potato whiteflies In a case of rapid evolution, bacteria have been found to give whiteflies-crop-damaging insects of global importance-an edge over their uninfected peers, new research from the University of Arizona suggests. In just six years, bacteria of the genus Rickettsia spread through a population of the sweet potato whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), an invasive pest of global importance. Full Story

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