UA researchers find that virus-infected bacteria save aphids

August 20, 2009

By hammersmith

[Source: ScienceDaily] – The term “beneficial virus” sounds like an oxymoron.  But for pea aphids under attack by parasitic wasps, carrying infected bacteria is the difference between life and a slow death, according to new research.  The wasps lay eggs inside the aphids, and the wasp larvae eat the living aphids from the inside out.  For more information: Aphids Saved From Gruesome Death By Virus-infected Bacteria