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Definition(s):

  • (n) scalelike plant-eating insect coated with a powdery waxy secretion; destructive especially of fruit trees

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  1. Study of insect bacteria reveals genetic secrets of symbiosis

    Microbiologists recently delved deeper into the genes involved in the "tripartite nested mealybug symbiosis." The researchers discovered the already complex three-way symbiosis actually depends on genes from six different organisms -- three more than the number of species that currently exist in the symbiosis.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Science Daily

  2. Bugs provide new insights into relationships between animals and bacteria

    ( Canadian Institute for Advanced Research ) Scientists have taken a closer look at mealybugs and their nested bacterial helpers and untangled a surprisingly unique and intricate relationship. Their findings provide potential insights into the complex association between humans and the microbes we rely on for our health.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

  3. Bacteria Nest Like Russian Dolls Inside Bugs

    Mealybugs are home to bacteria that nest inside other bacteria, like microscopic Russian dolls, a new study finds. The curious symbiotic relationship offers insight into the complex interplay between animals and microbes, the study researchers say.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: LiveScience.com via Yahoo! News

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