Bacteria in the genus Wolbachia are commonly found living within insects, but their presence in cockroaches has not been thoroughly explored. A new study finds Wolbachia in four of 16 cockroach species across three families, and researchers hope further study may open doors to new management methods for pest cockroach species.
Meet Amelia Lindsey, Ph.D., whose research on how the bacterium Wolbachia drives parthenogenesis in parasitoid wasps, earned her a spot in the Early Career Professional Recognition Symposium at Entomology 2021. Learn more about Lindsey and her work in the next installment of our "Standout Early Career Professionals" series.
A pilot program in a 150-acre zone in Miami in 2018 released as many as 375,000 Wolbachia-infected male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes per week for six months and succeeded in reducing the female Ae. aegypti population by more than 75 percent.
New research on bacterial endosymbionts in insects suggests that such bacteria may infect a wide variety of insect species but a low proportion of individuals within those species.
A new study of genetic samples from Aedes aegypti mosquitoes from around the world finds no evidence of naturally occurring infection with Wolbachia bacteria, a positive sign for efforts that artificially introduce Wolbachia to mosquito populations to reduce their numbers or interrupt their ability to transmit disease-causing pathogens.