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Université de Neuchâtel

The role of the bacterial community in the nutritional ecology of the bulb mite Rhizoglyphus robini (Acari: Astigmata: Acaridae)

Zindel, Renate ; Ofek, Maya ; Minz, Dror ; Palevsky, Eric ; Zchori-Fein, Einat ; Aebi, Alexandre

In: The FASEB Journal, 2013, vol. 27, no. 4, p. 1488-1497

The biology of many arthropods can only be understood when their associated microbiome is considered. The nutritional requirements of the bulb mite Rhizoglyphus robini Claparede (Acari: Astigmata: Acaridae) in the laboratory have been shown to be very easily satisfied, and in the field the mites prefer fungus-infected over uninfected plants. To test whether symbiotic bacteria facilitate the...