Data from: Ancient symbiosis confers desiccation resistance to stored grain pest beetles

Tobias Engl, Nadia Eberl, Carla Gorse, Theresa Krüger, Thorsten H.P. Schmidt, Rudy Plarre, Cornel Adler & Martin Kaltenpoth
Microbial symbionts of insects provide a range of ecological traits to their hosts that are beneficial in the context of biotic interactions. However, little is known about insect symbiont-mediated adaptation to the abiotic environment, e.g. temperature and humidity. Here we report on an ancient clade of intracellular, bacteriome-located Bacteroidetes symbionts that are associated with grain and wood pest beetles of the phylogenetically distant families Silvanidae and Bostrichidae. In the saw-toothed grain beetle Oryzaephilus surinamensis, we...
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