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Detection of Wolbachia Bacteria in Multiple Organs and Feces of the Triatomine Insect Rhodnius pallescens (Hemiptera, Reduviidae)

Author:
Espino, C.I., Gómez, T., González, G., do Santos, M.F. Brazil, Solano, J., Sousa, O., Moreno, N., Windsor, D., Ying, A., Vilchez, S., Osuna, A.
Source:
Applied and environmental microbiology 2009 v.75 no.2 pp. 547-550
ISSN:
0099-2240
Subject:
Hemiptera, Rhodnius, Trypanosoma cruzi, Trypanosoma rangeli, Wolbachia, bacteria, feces
Abstract:
At least two types of Wolbachia bacteria were detected in wild and insectarium-raised Rhodnius pallescens, a natural vector of Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma rangeli. Wolbachia was detected in all the organs and tissues studied and in the feces, and this provided a methodological advantage for determining the presence of this endosymbiont in this host, obviating the need to kill the specimens. The occurrence of trypanosomatids in wild individuals was also studied.
Agid:
556156