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  • n  scalelike plant-eating insect coated with a powdery waxy secretion; destructive especially of fruit trees
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  • 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.
    June 20, 2013 - Science Daily
  • 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.
    June 20, 2013 - via Yahoo! News
  • 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.
    June 20, 2013 - EurekAlert!

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