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The european wolbachia project: towards novel biotechnological approaches for control of arthropod pests and modification of beneficial arthropod species by endosymbiotic bacteria

Objective

Wolbachia may be the most abundant and widespread intracellular symbiotic as yet described. Thisunculturable, maternally inherited bacterium is able to invade and maintain itself in numerous arthropod host species by inducing a variety of reproductive alterations such as induction of parthenogenesis development uncertain parasitic wasps, overriding chromosomal sex determination to convert infected genetic males into functional females in crustacean species (feminisation), and most commonly induction of cytoplasmicincompatibility (CI), a form of embryonic lethality in crosses between males and females of different Wolbachiainfection status. This proposal aims to identify the bacterial and host genes involved in the induction of these reproductive phenotypes through an integrated genomic, polemics and post-genomic approach. Identification of these genes will be a major breakthrough towards the goal of using them for applied purposes, for example management of arthropod agricultural pests and disease vectors or provident of beneficial arthropods.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

FOUNDATION OF RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY - HELLAS
Address
Vassilika Vouton
71110 Iraklion
Greece

Participants (6)

SYNAPTIC LTD
Greece
Address
Science & Technology Park Of Crete
71110 Iraklion
UNIVERSITE DE POITIERS
France
Address
Rue De Blossac 15
86034 Poitiers
UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
Denmark
Address
83 H,soelvgade 83 H
1307 Koebenhavn K/copenhaegen
UNIVERSITY OF WALES - BANGOR
United Kingdom
Address
Deiniol Road
LL57 2UW Bangor - Gwynedd
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Address
Downing Street
CB2 3EH Cambridge
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Arboretumlaan 4
6703 BD Wageningen