Abstracts (first author)


Co-divergence between bacteria and host: Consequences of Wolbachia infection in the Chorthippus parallelus hybrid zone

Author(s): Martínez-Rodríguez P, Arroyo-Yebras F, Bella JL


Divergence between two subspecies of the grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus has been extensively studied for evolutionary purposes. They form a hybrid zone in the Pyrenees between the Iberian endemic subspecies C. p. erythropus and the continental European subspecies C. p. parallelus (1). Wolbachia infection in pure and hybrid individuals of these subspecies has been characterized by PCR analysis of their 16S rRNA sequences and a Multi-Locus Strain Typing System (MLST) (2). Phylogenetic and phylogeographic studies based on previous host phylogeny, as well as this MLST approach, show that Wolbachia co-diverges with its host. In addition, extrapolation of the divergence time between bacterial strains allows us to propose than Wolbachia infected C. parallelus during host speciation. This fact, joint to the cytoplasmic incompatibility and other effects induced by this bacterium in natural populations of C. parallelus (3, 4) support that co-divergence between bacteria and host contributes to explain the current situation of the hybrid zone.


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