Chapter 14 : Pathogenic Bacteria in Insects

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Insects make up the most diverse form of animal life on the planet. There are close to a million catalogued species of insects in the world, which is more than all other types of animals put together. Insects can be infected by viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, but little is yet known about the mechanisms of these infections. The first studies were motivated by economic factors. Pasteur's interest in silkworms in 1865 was inspired by a disease that was affecting the French silk industry. He discovered the disease was due to a microsporidium, a unicellular fungal parasite, in the silk worm's hemolymph that was “vertically” transmitted from generation to generation via infected germ cells.

Citation: Cossart P. 2018. Pathogenic Bacteria in Insects, p 111-113. In The New Microbiology: From Microbiomes to CRISPR. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670117.ch14
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