The Center Presents Work on the Microbiome of Mites at the Congress of the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution (2014)

July 07, 2014 − by Lesly Colón − in Blog, News − Comments Off on The Center Presents Work on the Microbiome of Mites at the Congress of the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution (2014)

The SMBE Congress one of the most important forum in the topic of Evolution.  Renowned scientists exposed their most recent works and discussed possibilities to establish collaborations with students and other colleagues. The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) hold is annual meeting in San Juan, June 8- 12, 2014.  The doctoral student Oscar Ospina, from our laboratory, presented at this important event a paper on the microbiome of the False Spider Mites. The work “Driving from complexity in the microbiome of the mite Brevipalpus phoenicis” presents the first results on the composition of the bacterial communities of these mites.  The bacterial diversity found in B. phoenicis was low.  The microbiota was dominated by the endosymbiont Cardinium, bacteria that have been associated with the absence of males in B. phoenicis.  Moreover, this work has shown that the abundance of Cardinium increases from eggs to the adults.  These results highlight the need to establish the causes of these changes in diversity and abundance of endosymbiont bacteria.  Understanding these causes could help develop new innovative management for strategies to control B. phoenicis, a well-known vector of pathogens in Citrus and other crop and ornamental plants, like coffee, orchids and passion fruit.





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