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Title: Nosema scripta N. Sp. (Microsporida: Nosematidae), a Microsporidian Parasite of the Cottonwood Leaf Beetle, Chrysomela scripta (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)1

Author: Bauer, Leah S.; Pankratz, Stuart H.;

Date: 1993

Source: J. EuK. Microbiol. Vol. 40 no. 2.:p. 135-141. (1993)

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Nosema scripta (Microsporida: Nosematidae), a new species of microsporidian parasite, is described from the cottonwood leaf beetle, Chrysomela scripta F. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), in North America. Studies using light and electron microscopy reveal that this species completes its life cycle in direct contact with the cytoplasm of the cells within the fat body, midgut, hindgut, muscles, central nerve cord, Malpighian tubules, tracheal end cells, and ovaries. The microsporidium is monomorphic, all life stages are diplokaryotic, and spores develop from disporous sporonts. The mature spores are broadly oval and measure 4.2 0.10 x 3.4 0.04 um. Spores contain a tubular polar filament that is arranged peripherally in a single layer of 13-15 coils. Both horizontal transmission and vertical transmission have been demonstrated for this microsporidium in C. scripta in the laboratory. The Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say), was susceptible to infection with pathogen in cross-infectivity studies.

Keywords: Chronic disease, cross-infectivity, Lptinotarsa decemlineata, microsporidian ultrastucture, Populus, transovarial transmision.

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Bauer, Leah S.; Pankratz, Stuart H. 1993. Nosema scripta N. Sp. (Microsporida: Nosematidae), a Microsporidian Parasite of the Cottonwood Leaf Beetle, Chrysomela scripta (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)1. J. EuK. Microbiol. Vol. 40 no. 2.:p. 135-141. (1993)


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