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Bacterial supergroup specific “Cost” of Wolbachia infections in Nasonia vitripennis
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  • Alok Tiwary,
  • Rahul Babu,
  • Ruchira Sen,
  • Rhitoban Raychoudhury
Alok Tiwary
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali

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Rahul Babu
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali
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Ruchira Sen
Sri Guru Gobind Singh College
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Rhitoban Raychoudhury
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali
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The maternally-inherited endosymbiont, Wolbachia, is known to alter the reproductive biology of its arthropod hosts for its benefit and can induce both positive and negative fitness effects in many hosts. Here we describe the effects of the maintenance of two distinct Wolbachia infections, one each from supergroups A and B, on the parasitoid host Nasonia vitripennis. We compare the effect of Wolbachia infections on various traits between the uninfected, single A infected, single B infected, and the double infected strains with their cured versions. Contrary to the previous reports, our results suggest that there is a significant cost associated with the maintenance of Wolbachia infections where traits like family size, fecundity, longevity, and rates of male copulation are compromised in Wolbachia infected strains. The double infected and supergroup B infection strains show higher Wolbachia titer than supergroup A. The double infected Wolbachia strain has the most detrimental impact on the host as compared to single infections. Moreover, there is a supergroup-specific negative impact on these wasps as the supergroup B infections elicit the most pronounced negative effects. These findings raise important questions on the mechanism of survival and maintenance of these reproductive parasites in arthropod hosts.
08 Feb 2022Submission Checks Completed
08 Feb 2022Assigned to Editor
08 Feb 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
22 Apr 2022Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
10 Jun 20221st Revision Received
10 Jun 2022Submission Checks Completed
10 Jun 2022Assigned to Editor
10 Jun 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
30 Jul 2022Editorial Decision: Accept
Sep 2022Published in Ecology and Evolution volume 12 issue 9. 10.1002/ece3.9219