Partners in Crime: Agricultural Pest that Relies on Bacteria to Overcome Plant Defenses

A recent study shows that insect larvae may rely on microscopic partners to help them eat plant leaves | Photo courtesy: Egor Kamelev from Pexels
Levels of damage to A. thaliana leaves after exposure to S. litura larvae raised under conditions that did or did not sterilize their oral secretions. The asterisk indicates a statistically significant difference between the damage levels under the different conditions
Levels of damage to A. thaliana leaves after exposure to S. litura larvae raised under conditions that did or did not sterilize their oral secretions. The asterisk indicates a statistically significant difference between the damage levels under the different conditions | Figure courtesy: Professor Gen-ichiro Arimura, Tokyo University of Science

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