Wolbachia: Evolutionary novelty in a rickettsial bacteria

Cort L. Anderson, Timothy L. Karr, BMC Evolutionary Biology

This is a research article on Wolbachia evolution published in BMC Evolutionary Biology in 2001. It presents a molecular phylogenetic study of Wolbachia, Ehrlichia, and Rickettsia. Two gene phylogenies were constructed and known life history traits were mapped onto the resulting trees in order to infer primitive/derived traits within the family Rickettsaceae. The paper is very brief and easy to read, and presents an interesting case of relating phenotype to genotype.

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Subject: Biology:Evolution:Processes, Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Microbiology and Health, Biology:Molecular Biology, Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Evolution, Ecology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Parasitism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Bibliography, Research Results, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16)Keywords: Wolbachia, Rickettsia, Ehrlichia, phylogeny, symbiosis, life history