Affiliation: Max Planck Insititute for Chemical Ecology
Location: Jena, Germany
Sudakaran S, Salem H, Kost C, Kaltenpoth M. Geographical and ecological stability of the symbiotic mid-gut microbiota in European firebugs, Pyrrhocoris apterus (Hemiptera, Pyrrhocoridae). Mol Ecol. 2012;21:6134-51 pubmed publisher
..Our findings suggest that the firebug mid-gut microbiota constitutes a functionally important and possibly coevolved symbiotic community. ..
Salem H, Kreutzer E, Sudakaran S, Kaltenpoth M. Actinobacteria as essential symbionts in firebugs and cotton stainers (Hemiptera, Pyrrhocoridae). Environ Microbiol. 2013;15:1956-68 pubmed publisher
..The nutritional mutualism with Actinobacteria may have enabled pyrrhocorid bugs to exploit Malvales seeds as a food source and thereby possibly allowed them to occupy and diversify in this ecological niche. ..
Salem H, Onchuru T, Bauer E, Kaltenpoth M. Symbiont transmission entails the risk of parasite infection. Biol Lett. 2015;11:20150840 pubmed publisher