Spiroplasmas: Diversity of Arthropod Reservoirs and Host-Parasite Relationships

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  02 Jul 1982:
Vol. 217, Issue 4554, pp. 57-59
DOI: 10.1126/science.217.4554.57


Spiroplasmas were found in 11 new insect hosts representing four orders: Hymenoptera, Hemiptera, Diptera, and Coleoptera. Three of the new spiroplasmas were serologically distinct from all existing groups or subgroups. A spiroplasma that infects digestive tracts of Colorado potato beetles may be transmitted to uninfected insects that feed on contaminated plants. This simple type of spiroplasma-insect relationship may explain a growing list of isolations of spiroplasmas and other wall-less prokaryotes from plant surfaces.

Stay Connected to Science