Natural infection of wireworm, Agriotes sp. (Coleoptera; Elateridae), with Rickettsiella bacteria

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1029424772
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Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for Biological Control, Darmstadt, Germany
Schuster, Christina;
Affiliation
State Research Centre for Agriculture and Fishery Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Centre for Field Vegetable Production, Dorfplatz 1, 18276 Gülzow, Germany
Ritter, Claudia;
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1059093685
Affiliation
Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for Biological Control, Darmstadt, Germany
Kleespies, Regina G.;
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1173712496
Affiliation
Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for Biological Control, Darmstadt, Germany ; State Research Centre for Agriculture and Fishery Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Centre for Field Vegetable Production, Dorfplatz 1, 18276 Gülzow, Germany
Feiertag, Simon;
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1175524018
Affiliation
Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for Biological Control, Darmstadt, Germany
Leclerque, Andreas

Wireworms, the polyphagous larvae of click beetles belonging to the genus Agriotes (Coleoptera: Elateridae), are severe and widespread agricultural pests affecting numerous crops worldwide. A previously unknown intracellular bacterium has been identified in a diseased Agriotes larva. Microscopic studies revealed the subcellular structures characteristic of rickettsiosis. Molecular phylogenetic analysis based on 16S ribosomal RNA encoding rrs gene demonstrated that the wireworm pathogen belongs to the taxonomic genus Rickettsiella (Gammaproteobacteria; Legionellales). The pathotype designation `Rickettsiella agriotidis´ has been proposed to refer to this organism. Moreover, genetic analysis makes it likely that this new pathotype should be considered a synonym of the nomenclatural type species, Rickettsiella popilliae.

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