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microbial resident enables beetles to feed on a leafy diet

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microbial resident enables beetles to feed on a leafy diet

as its name suggests, the thistle tortoise beetle (cassida rubiginosa) feeds on thistle leaves. its favorite food plant is the field thistle, a dreaded weed in agriculture worldwide. the thistle tortoise beetle, which is considered an important herbivore of the thistles, is used in biological control of the weed. credit: hassan salem, emory university.an international team including researchers from the max planck institute for chemical ecology has described a bacterium residing in a species of leaf beetles which has an unexpected feature: it provides the beetle with the enzymes required to break down certain plant cell wall components. the genome of the bacterium is the smallest ever sequenced of any organism living outside a host cell. ...