Wolbachia infection increases recapture rate of field-released Drosophila melanogaster

Caragata, Eric P., Real, Kathryn M., Zalucki, Myron P. and McGraw, Elizabeth A. (2011) Wolbachia infection increases recapture rate of field-released Drosophila melanogaster. Symbiosis, 54 1: 55-60. doi:10.1007/s13199-011-0124-4


Author Caragata, Eric P.
Real, Kathryn M.
Zalucki, Myron P.
McGraw, Elizabeth A.
Title Wolbachia infection increases recapture rate of field-released Drosophila melanogaster
Formatted title
Wolbachia infection increases recapture rate of field-released Drosophila melanogaster
Journal name Symbiosis   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0334-5114
1878-7665
Publication date 2011-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s13199-011-0124-4
Volume 54
Issue 1
Start page 55
End page 60
Total pages 6
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Wolbachia pipientis is a commonly occurring endosymbiont with well-characterised effects on host reproductive biology associated with its infection of the gonads. Wolbachia infections are also widespread in somatic tissues and consequently they have the potential to play a much broader role in host biology. Recently, Wolbachia was shown to alter the locomotion of Drosophila melanogaster in response to food cues in the laboratory. To determine whether this laboratory-based phenotype might translate to real differences for insects in the field, we performed a simple mark-release-recapture experiment with Wolbachia-infected D. melanogaster in a forested habitat. We demonstrate that infected flies are recaptured at twice the rate of uninfected flies, although infection does not affect the distance traveled by those flies recaptured. The differences in recapture could be explained by infection-induced changes in physiology or behavior. If generalizable, such changes may affect the interpretation of behavioral studies for Wolbachia-infected insects and have potential implications for the dynamics of Wolbachia infections in natural populations, including situations where Wolbachia-infected insects are being released for biological control.
Keyword Symbiont
Insect
Locomotion
Dispersal
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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