Wolbachia and Wasp Evolution

Orla Smith, Science

This Science news brief summarizes the startling effect that Wolbachia have on the reproduction of their insect hosts. It offers an overview of cytoplasmic incompatibility and its role in reproductive isolation. Findings from this research have led biologists to speculate that Wolbachia may contribute to reproductive isolation and the creation of new insect species (speciation). A subscription to Science may be required to view this article.

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Subject: Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology, Microbiology, Evolution:Principles, Processes, Biology:Ecology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations, Biology:Evolution
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)