Diversity of bacterial biota in Capnodis tenebrionis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) Larvae

Hana Barak, Pradeep Kumar, Arieh Zaritsky, Zvi Mendel, Dana Ment, Ariel Kushmaro, Eitan Ben-Dov

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The bacterial biota in larvae of Capnodis tenebrionis, a serious pest of cultivated stone-fruit trees in the West Palearctic, was revealed for the first time using the MiSeq platform. The core bacterial community remained the same in neonates whether upon hatching or grown on peach plants or an artificial diet, suggesting that C. tenebrionis larvae acquire much of their bacterial biome from the parent adult. Reads affiliated with class levels Gammaproteobacteria and Alphaproteobacteria (phylum Proteobacteria ca. 86%), and Actinobacteria (ca. 14%) were highly abundant. Most diverse reads belong to the families Xanthomonadaceae (50%), Methylobacteriaceae (20%), Hyphomicrobiaceae (9%), Micrococcaceae (7%) and Geodermatophilaceae (4.5%). About two-thirds of the reads are affiliated with the genera Lysobacter, Microvirga, Methylobacterium, and Arthrobacter, which encompass species displaying cellulolytic and lipolytic activities. This study provides a foundation for future studies to elucidate the roles of bacterial biota in C. tenebrionis.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number4
Issue number1
StatePublished - 6 Jan 2019


  • Bacterial biota
  • Buprestidae
  • Capnodis
  • Stonefruit

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Molecular Biology
  • Immunology and Allergy


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